14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Lieksa
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Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to London Heathrow

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Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

Plan my day in Helsinki using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Helsinki reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

Lieksa

— 2 nights
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 14th (Sat), examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids and then hike along Akka-Koli Hill.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lieksa travel route app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Lieksa. In November, Lieksa is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): have fun at Vainolanniemi, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, stroll around Snellman Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kuopio trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Lieksa to Kuopio in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in November, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Mikkeli

— 2 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): cruise along Lake Saimaa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Church, and then get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Lietvesi Scenic Road, don't miss a visit to Viewing Platform in Puumala, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, then don't miss a visit to Naisvuori Observation Tower, and finally examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli trip planner.

You can drive from Kuopio to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tampere day trip planning app.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Tampere are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22: