13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
4
Mikkeli
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: London

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Rock Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and The Aalto House. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker website .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In June in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Evo Hiking Area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, then do a tasting at Pihamaa Estate & Winery, and then stroll through Paijatsalo Trail.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahti trip planner .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Lahti in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lahti are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Evo Hiking Area, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Paijatsalo Trail, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Paijatsalo Trail ©
Paijatsalo Trail

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 3rd (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, and then explore the stunning scenery at Orinoro Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then take in nature's colorful creations at Snellman Park, then stroll through Saaristokatu, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kuopio online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lahti to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kuopio are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Orinoro Gorge
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Orinoro Gorge ©
Orinoro Gorge
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

3
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Olavinlinna Castle and Communications Centre Lokki. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lammassaari Island and Punkaharju Ridge. Venture out of the city with trips to Pikkukirkko (in Savonlinna), Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli journey planner.

You can take a train from Kuopio to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Lappeenranta, Savonlinna, Linnansaari National Park, Punkaharju Ridge
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Design Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions planner.

Drive from Mikkeli to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Johannes Church ©
Johannes Church
Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti) ©
Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti)
Kallio Church ©
Kallio Church