12 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kuhmo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Rome

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.
Get some historical perspective at Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Pack the 20th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

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Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Rome in July, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Snellman Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, then ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kuopio road trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kuopio by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Museums
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

1
night
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

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Drive from Kuopio to Kuhmo in 3.5 hours. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Parks Wildlife
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 25th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kuhmo to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 26th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lammassaari Island, and then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta online visit planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Imatra
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

3
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of Hollola and Kymi Church. Explore Lahti's surroundings by going to The Recreational Fishing Museum of Finland (in Asikkala), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Hame Castle (in Haemeenlinna). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park and find something for the whole family at Tykkimaki Amusement Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahti trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Lahti takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lahti can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Church of Hollola, Tykkimaki Amusement Park, Hame Castle
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Tykkimaki Amusement Park ©
Tykkimaki Amusement Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Church of Hollola ©
Church of Hollola

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