11 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Florence
+2
train + Fly + train:  8​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
End: Florence

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Ahvenisto Activity Park (in Haemeenlinna). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere road trip planner.

Florence, Italy to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Florence in August: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ahvenisto, Visavuori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Pack the 22nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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