14 days in Helsinki Region, Lappeenranta & Turku Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki Region, Lappeenranta & Turku Itinerary

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14 days in Helsinki Region, Lappeenranta & Turku Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  5​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Loviisa
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Berlin

3
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 Rock Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Popular historic sites such as Helsinki Cathedral and Kamppi Chapel of Silence are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki driving holiday app .

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Salpa Line Museum and Taipalsaaren kirkko. Visit Lammassaari Island and Lempukka Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Kouvola (Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area & Hevoshaan Arboretum). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta day trip tool .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Imatra, Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum, Bunker Museum, Siikalahti Wetland
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum

2
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Mansikkalahti, and then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Loviisa trip tool .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Loviisa by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Porvoo.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 5th (Mon), visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka, see the interesting displays at Porvoo Museum/Holm House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, look for gifts at Pieni Suklaatehdas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kaunissaari, and finally view the masterpieces at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Porvoo trip maker app .

Porvoo is just a short distance from Loviisa. In August in Porvoo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, Kaunissaari
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo ©
Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
The Runeberg Home ©
The Runeberg Home

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Relax by the water at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Castle and Abo Akademi. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Teijo national park in Pernio--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Turku planner .

You can drive from Porvoo to Turku in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Bellevue Beach
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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