11 days in Lakeland, Aland & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Lakeland, Aland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tampere
— 2 nights
2
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
4
Kouvola
— 3 nights
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, examine the collection at Moomin Museum, and then get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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Bologna, Italy to Tampere is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Bologna to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bologna in August, plan for much colder days in Tampere, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Finlayson Church ©
Finlayson Church

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): walk around Lilla holmen, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Tampere to Mariehamn in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Savonlinna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Paaskylahden kirkko ©
Paaskylahden kirkko

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Repovesi National Park and Riverside Park. Visit Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and Kotka Church for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Hamina (St. John's Church, Hamina Fortress, &more) and Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo & Sapokka Water Garden).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Aalto House. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, admire the striking features of Johannes Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
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The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum