11 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route 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
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Brussels

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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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip website.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Helsinki is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Brussels in September since evenings lows in Helsinki dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Koli National Park

— 4 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: take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in September: highs in Koli National Park hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 25th (Sat), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and then stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and then boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our 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. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Spas · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26: