15 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Tampere
— 3 nights
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Kouvola
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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 Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hakaniemi Market and Boss Shop. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, make a splash at The Swimming Stadium, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, expect nights in Helsinki to be cooler, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get in touch with nature at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Viikinsaari Island. Family-friendly places like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Rauhaniemi Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tampere vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Kouvola

— 5 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get some cultural insight at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Take a break from the city and head to Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Arboretum Mustila. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Maretarium), Lappeenranta (Lappeenranta Fortress & Saimaa Canal) and Lahti (Motorcycle Museum of Finland, Vesijärvi harbor, &more). It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Tykkimaki Amusement Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola online day trip planner.

Drive from Tampere to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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