15 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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15 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  7​h 30​min
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
— 5 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
End: 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 outdoors at Aurinkolahti Beach and Pihlajasaari Recreational Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hakaniemi Market and Boss Shop. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 46 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, you will find days in Helsinki are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are much colder (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

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


Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get outdoors at Rauhaniemi Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Holy Cross Church. Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Hame Castle in Haemeenlinna, about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary tool .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Hame Castle
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach


Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kids will enjoy Arboretum Mustila and Tykkimaki Amusement Park. Step out of the city life by going to Saimaa Canal and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Lappeenranta (Lappeenranta Fortress & Sandcastle Lappeenranta), Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden, Maretarium, & more) and Lahti (Motorcycle Museum of Finland, Vesijärvi harbor, & more).

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Lahti, Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila