14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

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14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  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
train:  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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakaniemi Market and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online visit planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In October in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fagervik Museum, Nuuksio National Park, Bellevue Beach, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Rauhaniemi Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Laukko Manor and The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Parola Tank Museum (in Parola) and Serlachius Museum Gosta (in Mantta-Vilppula). There's still lots to do: stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti and pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

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Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. October in Tampere sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Serlachius Museum Gosta, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Parola Tank Museum, Laukko Manor
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Serlachius Museum Gosta ©
Serlachius Museum Gosta

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna itinerary planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): head off the coast to Lammassaari Island and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum. Keep things going the next day: stop by MyGoodKnife, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, then get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta vacation maker website .

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Arboretum Mustila and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at Art Centre Salmela and Woikosken Automuseo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Vaaksy Canal (in Asikkala) and Kotka (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Linden Esplanade, & more). Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Main Church.

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Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kouvola sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Mantyharju, Vaaksy Canal, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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