14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Kajaani Airport, Drive to Sotkamo
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Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive
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Nurmes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Berlin Tegel

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Helsinki

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online road trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:

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Sotkamo

Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Sotkamo. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Sotkamo: highs are around -2°C and lows about -8°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

2
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Nurmes

Nurmes is a town and municipality of Finland.It was located in the former province of Eastern Finland until 2010 and is now in the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Nurmes Church and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nurmes travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Sotkamo to Nurmes by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Nurmes, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Nurmes

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your trip

3
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Koli National Park

Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Take a break from the city and head to Ukko-Koli and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Pielinen. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and stroll through Akka-Koli Hill.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Nurmes to Koli National Park takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Koli National Park are -9°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at S/S Salama, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna tour planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. January in Savonlinna sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Wed), kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampere tour builder app.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7: