11 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Hameenlinna
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: San Diego

5
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

San Diego, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in July, with highs in Helsinki at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Haemeenlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Espoo, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palander House and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haemeenlinna: Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Tampere (Riihiniemen Uimaranta, Hatanpaa Arboretum, & more).

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Haemeenlinna visit planner.

You can take a bus from Helsinki to Haemeenlinna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tampere, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Palander House ©
Palander House
Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area

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