12 days in Helsinki Region, Jyvaskyla & Kouvola Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki Region, Jyvaskyla & Kouvola Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki Region, Jyvaskyla & Kouvola Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  8​h
1
Vantaa
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
2
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Porvoo
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Jyvaskyla
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Vantaa
— 1 night
Drive:  31​h
End: Paris

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Vantaa

Vantaa
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Vantaa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Paris, France to Vantaa is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Vantaa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in August, you will find days in Vantaa are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). On the 7th (Tue), you're off toHelsinki.

Things to do in Vantaa

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip site .

Helsinki is just a short distance from Vantaa. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will leave for Porvoo on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Porvoo online attractions planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Porvoo to Helsinki in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Pihlajasaari Recreational Park ©
Pihlajasaari Recreational Park

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nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of Keuruu and Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet. Get a sense of the local culture at The Alvar Aalto Museum and Pirtin perinnepuisto. Go for a jaunt from Jyvaskyla to Sysma to see Paijatsalo Trail about 1h 30 min away.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Jyvaskyla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Helsinki in August since evenings lows in Jyvaskyla dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Vantaa.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pirtin perinnepuisto, Church of Keuruu, Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet, Paijatsalo Trail
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Paijatsalo Trail ©
Paijatsalo Trail
Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet ©
Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet
Church of Keuruu ©
Church of Keuruu

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Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get outdoors at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Riverside Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Salpa Line Museum and Hamina Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Kotka (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Linden Esplanade, & more) and Hamina (Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Main Building of Military School, & more).

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola day trip planning site .

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. August in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Vantaa.

Things to do in Kouvola

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Salpa Line Museum, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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The Astuvansalmi rock paintings ©
The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Main Building of Military School ©
Main Building of Military School

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Vantaa

Vantaa
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Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Vantaa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. You will leave for Porvoo on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Vantaa

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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