13 days in Helsinki & Central Finland Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki & Central Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Beirut
Fly:  7 h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Joutsa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Karstula
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Keuruu
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Beirut

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, thenidentify plant and animal life at Paavolan Tammi, thenmeet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. On your second day here, walk around Nuuksio National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online sightseeing planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Helsinki is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Beirut in October, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Joutsa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Paavolan Tammi
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

2
nights
Joutsa

Joutsa ©
Joutsa is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Leivonmaki National Park and Anjan Puisto. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oravivuori Triangulation Tower and Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko). Change things up with these side-trips from Joutsa: Karkisten Silta (in Jyvaskyla), Pirtin perinnepuisto (in Kangasniemi) and Mikkeli (Mikkelin Taidemuseo & Mikkeli Rural Parish Church).

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Joutsa trip tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Joutsa takes 2.5 hours. In October in Joutsa, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Karstula.

Things to do in Joutsa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko), Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, Karkisten Silta, Pirtin perinnepuisto
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Leivonmaki National Park ©
Leivonmaki National Park
Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko) ©
Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko)
Mikkelin Taidemuseo ©
Mikkelin Taidemuseo

2
nights
Karstula

Karstula ©
Karstula is a municipality of Finland founded in 1867. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Hakki National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet, thenlook for gifts at Nestori, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Liikelataamo.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Karstula trip planner.

Getting from Joutsa to Karstula by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Keuruu.

Things to do in Karstula

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Saarijarvi, Nestori
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet ©
Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet
Liikelataamo ©
Liikelataamo

5
nights
Keuruu

Keuruu ©
Keuruu is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region.The municipality has a population of and covers an area of of which is water. Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia and Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland) will appeal to museum buffs. Visit Old Church of Keuruu and Church of Keuruu for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keuruu: Jyvaskyla (Tourujoen Luontopolku, Maki-Matin perhepuisto, &more), Virrat (Marttinen & Killinkoski Church) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ahtari Zoo.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Keuruu tour planner.

You can drive from Karstula to Keuruu in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Keuruu can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Keuruu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jyvaskyla, Virrat, Ahtari Zoo, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Church of Keuruu ©
Church of Keuruu

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