11 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Lappeenranta Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Lappeenranta Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki Region, Turku & Lappeenranta Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Loviisa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h
End: New York City

2
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.
Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, make a trip to Senate Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online travel route planner .

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Helsinki at 65°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, trek along The Archipelago Trail, and get your game on at Moomin World.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, see the interesting displays at Wolkoff House Museum, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Lappeenranta takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Parks Nature
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Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

3
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. On the 5th (Fri), stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, then don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, then head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Loviisa route planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Loviisa in 2 hours. July in Loviisa sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks Trails Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo Old Town, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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