13 days in Helsinki & Central Finland Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki & Central Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki & Central Finland Itinerary

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
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): get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Paavolan Tammi, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker website .

Beirut, Lebanon to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Beirut in October, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Joutsa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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. Oravivuori Triangulation Tower and Pirtin perinnepuisto are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Muuramen Church and Mikkeli Rural Parish Church. Explore Joutsa's surroundings by going to Karkisten Silta (in Jyvaskyla) and Mikkeli (Anjan Puisto & Mikkelin Taidemuseo). Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Leivonmaki National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Joutsa day trip planning app .

Getting from Helsinki to Joutsa by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Karstula.

Things to do in Joutsa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Muuramen Church, Pirtin perinnepuisto, Karkisten Silta, Oravivuori Triangulation Tower
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Leivonmaki National Park ©
Leivonmaki National Park
Pirtin perinnepuisto ©
Pirtin perinnepuisto
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church ©
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church

2
nights
Karstula

Karstula ©
Karstula is a municipality of Finland founded in 1867. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Hakki National Park. On your second day here, examine the collection at Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet, savor the flavors at Nestori, and then perfect your strike at Liikelataamo.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Karstula trip planner .

Traveling by car from Joutsa to Karstula takes 2.5 hours. In October in Karstula, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Keuruu.

Things to do in Karstula

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

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. Get a sense of the local culture at Church of Keuruu and Old Church of Keuruu. Visiting Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Marttinen will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keuruu: Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia (in Kangasala), Killinkoski Church (in Virrat) and Jyvaskyla (Tourujoen luontopolku, Maki-Matin perhepuisto, & more). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahtari Zoo.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Keuruu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Karstula to Keuruu takes 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 Wildlife Nature

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
Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo

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