13 days in Helsinki Region & Lappeenranta Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki Region & Lappeenranta Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki Region & Lappeenranta Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Loviisa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
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. Let the collections at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Beach Mansikkalahti and Aijanniemi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Loviisa side-trips: Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Hamina (Hamina Old Town & Marian Kirkko). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stromforsin ruukki.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Loviisa day trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Loviisa is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Loviisa due to the time zone difference. In December, Loviisa is colder than Sydney - with highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Loviisa

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Ruotsinpyhtaa, 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.
Visiting Repovesi National Park and Imatra Waterfall will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lappeenranta Fortress and Rapio Mill. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Kerimaki Church (in Kerimaki), Ollinmaki Winery (in Anttola) and Imatra (Lammassaari Island & Lempukka Beach). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta and pause for some serene contemplation at Lemin kirkko.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta holiday planner .

Getting from Loviisa to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Katajanokka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, don't miss a visit to SkyWheel Helsinki, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take in the exciting artwork at CraftCorner.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary website .

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

The Finnish Museum of Horology
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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