11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lappeenranta: Kotka (Maretarium, Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, & more), The Parikkala Sculpture Park (in Parikkala) and Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, admire the engineering at Imatrankoski, and get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Lappeenranta tour itinerary maker tool .

Helsinki to Lappeenranta is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kotka, Imatra, Repovesi National Park
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, and finally don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Valamo Monastery.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Joensuu driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Joensuu takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Joensuu

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

New Valamo Monastery
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New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni ©
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then get engrossed in the history at Woikosken Automuseo. On the next day, stroll around Sibelius Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

Before you visit Kouvola, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Joensuu to Kouvola by car takes about 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Woikosken Automuseo
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Haralanharju Tower
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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