12 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h
3
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h
4
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Kathmandu

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.
Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Bellevue Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.8 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Helsinki. In August, Helsinki is slightly colder than Kathmandu - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Bellevue Beach
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 14th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland and then identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Tampere to Pyhatunturi with the Route module. In August in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Luosto
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hiidenvuori and Arboretum Mustila. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Kotka (Riverside Park, Linden Esplanade, &more).

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pyhatunturi to Kouvola. Traveling from Pyhatunturi in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kouvola, with lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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