13 days in Helsinki Region & Lappeenranta Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki Region & Lappeenranta Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Loviisa
— 3 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights

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 Stromforsin Ruukki. 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), Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Hamina Old Town (in Hamina).

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Loviisa road trip planning website.

Sydney, Australia to Loviisa is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Loviisa: highs are around -1°C and lows about -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Loviisa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

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 Lappeenranta Fortress. Popular historic sites such as Kerimaki Church and Lemin kirkko are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Lappeenranta: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Imatra (Lammassaari Island & Lempukka Beach) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall and make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Loviisa to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Wineries

Side Trips

Imatra, Repovesi National Park, Kerimaki Church, Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy, Rapio Mill
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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 Kansallisgalleria. Get a sense of the local culture at The Aalto House and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and get curious at The Finnish Museum of Horology.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish 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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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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