12 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15 h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Seattle

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.
You'll explore and learn at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary builder.

Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 10 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Seattle in July, with highs in Helsinki at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 12th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally wander the streets of Naantali Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Adventure Park, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Turku sightseeing planning site.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 14th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Tampere to Savonlinna by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get outdoors at Repovesi National Park and Beach Mansikkalahti. Explore hidden gems such as Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Linden Esplanade. Step out of Kouvola to go to Kotka and see Santalahti Nature Trail, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila