12 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  5​h 15​min
— 6 nights
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h
End: Amsterdam


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 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral


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 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and finally don't miss a visit to Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta journey builder .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

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Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta


Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle


Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola trip planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden


Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tampere road trip tool .

Getting from Kouvola to Tampere by car takes about 3 hours. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©