14 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  7 h 15 min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Rautavaara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
4
Elimaki
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
End: London

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 28th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Tampere tour planner.

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Tampere. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rautavaara.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

2
nights
Rautavaara

Rautavaara ©
Rautavaara is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Northern Savonia region. On the 30th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. On the next day, kick back and relax at Venajanhiekka.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rautavaara trip app.

You can drive from Tampere to Rautavaara in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In July in Rautavaara, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rautavaara

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka

3
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Escape the urban bustle at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Akka-Koli Hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lieksa: Koli National Park (Rasavaara Observation tower, Uhrihalkeama, &more). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lieksa online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rautavaara to Lieksa in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Elimaki.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

1
day
Elimaki

Elimaki ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Elimaki visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Elimaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Elimaki are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Elimaki

Wildlife Parks
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

5
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.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hirsala Golf will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Kotka (Industrial park Karhu ja Tahti, Linden Esplanade, &more) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Senate Square, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Elimaki to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Kotka, Hirsala Golf, Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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