11 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Amsterdam

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Helsinki

— 3 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: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki holiday planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In October, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Amsterdam - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the activities along Pielinen and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park online route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in October: highs in Koli National Park hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Kuopio

— 3 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Kuopio side-trips: Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi) and Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, explore and take pictures at Puijo Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kouvola.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and then soothe aching muscles at Tykkimaen Sauna.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola online visit planner.

Getting from Kuopio to Kouvola by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Kouvola are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Spas · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17: