15 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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15 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kouvola
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Tornio
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temppeliaukion Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Kids will appreciate attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get interesting insight from Tours, explore the engaging exhibits at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip app .

Barcelona, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Helsinki. Traveling from Barcelona in July, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stromforsin ruukki and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Linden Esplanade and Pihamaa Estate & Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: The Recreational Fishing Museum of Finland (in Asikkala), Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa) and Kotka (Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum & Riverside Park). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola day trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Asikkala, Stromforsin ruukki, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

2
nights
Tornio

Tornio ©
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. On the 19th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, then identify plant and animal life at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, and then identify plant and animal life at Perameren Kansallispuisto. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and then find something for the whole family at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tornio travel planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kouvola to Tornio. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Tornio

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kemi, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley ©

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Visit Yyteri Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tornio to Tampere. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Yyteri Beach
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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