14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Sotkamo
— 1 night
3
Nurmes
— 2 nights
4
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
6
Tampere
— 2 nights

4
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.
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, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, 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 °C during the day and °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 Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

1
night
Sotkamo

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.

Plan a trip to Sotkamo easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

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 °C and lows about °C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli

2
nights
Nurmes

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 °C during the day and °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

Side Trip

Rautavaara
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Nurmes Church ©
Nurmes Church

3
nights
Koli National Park

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 Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Uhrihalkeama. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and trek along Paha-Koli Hill.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Nurmes to Koli National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

1
night
Savonlinna

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, thensee 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 °C and lows of °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
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Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Boat Tours & Water Sports

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, thenexamine 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, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, thenidentify 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 fly; or do a combination of bus and train. January in Tampere sees daily highs of °C and lows of °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
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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