12 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
5
Kouvola
— 3 nights

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 Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Nuuksio National Park and Hakaniemi Market. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, stop by Katajanokka, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki online route planner.

Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Seattle to Helsinki. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Seattle in July, with highs in Helsinki at °F and lows at °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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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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nights
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, thenbrowse the exhibits of Turku Castle, thenpause 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, thensee the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, thenget engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Turku sightseeing planning site.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Turku are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive 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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nights
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, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, thensteep 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 see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

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

Things to do in Tampere

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

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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, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, thenstep into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Tampere to Savonlinna by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach °F, while at night they dip to °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 Arboretum Mustila. Explore hidden gems such as Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Santalahti Nature Trail. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Kotka (Linden Esplanade & Beach Mansikkalahti).

To find photos and more tourist information, read Kouvola trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. 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