14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Helsinki

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Nuuksio National Park and Bellevue Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Fagervik Museum, Bellevue Beach, 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

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art. Get a sense of the local culture at Laukko Manor and Finlayson Church. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Parola to see The Parola Armour Museum about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip builder website.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, The Parola Armour Museum, Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor
The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum

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 8th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, thenexamine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

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You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, thenget outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get outdoors at Repovesi National Park and Riverside Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arboretum Mustila and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Linden Esplanade (in Kotka), Mantyharju (Woikosken Automuseo & Art Centre Salmela) and Vaaksy Canal (in Asikkala). There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and pause for some serene contemplation at Main Church.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola travel tool.

Take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Mantyharju, Arboretum Mustila, Vaaksy Canal
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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