11 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Paris

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Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel planner.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Paris in April, with highs in Helsinki at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 22 — 26:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, explore the activities along Pielinen, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and examine the collection at Pielisen Museum.

Plan trip to Koli National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Traveling from Helsinki in April, expect nights in Koli National Park to be about the same, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Tampere takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. April in Tampere sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Theme Parks · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2: