13 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Seinajoki Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Seinajoki Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Seinajoki Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Jyvaskyla
— 6 nights
3
Seinajoki
— 1 night
train:  3​h
End: Helsinki

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town, Cathedral of Porvoo, & more) and Kotka (Riverside Park & Sapokka Water Garden). Pack the 30th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip app .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Porvoo, Kotka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

6
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Puijo Tower and Leivonmaki National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jyvaskyla: Kuopio (Room Escape Games & Kuopio Market City Hall), Paijatsalo Trail (in Sysma) and Pyha-Hakki National Park (in Saarijarvi). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Serlachius Museum Gosta, go for a walk through Tourujoen luontopolku, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Oravivuori Triangulation Tower.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla road trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Jyvaskyla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in June, plan for little chillier nights in Jyvaskyla, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Seinajoki.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kuopio, Mikkeli, Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, Paijatsalo Trail, Petajavesi Old Church
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

1
night
Seinajoki

Seinajoki ©
Seinäjoki is a city located in Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get lost in a book at Seinajoki Library, make a trip to Seinajoen Taidehalli - Seinajoki Art Hall, then examine the collection at Civil Guard and Lotta Svard Museum, and finally make a trip to Aalto Center of Seinajoki.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seinajoki online trip builder .

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Seinajoki by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Seinajoki sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Seinajoki

Museums
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Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library

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