13 days in Helsinki Region & Lappeenranta Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki Region & Lappeenranta Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  27 h
1
Loviisa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa and Cathedral of Porvoo. Get some cultural insight at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Marian Kirkko. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, Aijanniemi Beach, &more) and Hamina Old Town (in Hamina). There's more to do: make a trip to Stromforsin Ruukki.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Loviisa planner.

Sydney, Australia to Loviisa is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Loviisa reach -1°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Ruotsinpyhtaa, Hamina, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

4
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Popular historic sites such as Kerimaki Church and Lemin kirkko are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Lappeenranta: Rapio Mill (in Juva), Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Imatra (Lammassaari Island & Lempukka Beach). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall and see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Loviisa to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Kerimaki Church, Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy, Rapio Mill, Repovesi National Park
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Katajanokka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at The Aalto House and The National Museum of Finland. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, stop by CraftCorner, get curious at The Finnish Museum of Horology, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip tool.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Helsinki, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

The Finnish Museum of Horology
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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