15 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kouvola
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Helsinki

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. 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. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, make a trip to Senate Square, and stroll around Pihlajasaari Recreational Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. When traveling from Tel Aviv in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Helsinki, with highs around 25°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 15°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

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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 Rauhaniemi Beach. Family-friendly places like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Viikinsaari Island 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 Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

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

5
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get some cultural insight at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Lappeenranta Fortress. 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), Lahti (Motorcycle Museum of Finland, Vesijärvi harbor, &more) and Lappeenranta (Sandcastle Lappeenranta & Saimaa Canal). 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

Side Trips

Kotka, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Arboretum Mustila
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

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