15 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
2
Kouvola
— 3 nights
3
Tornio
— 2 nights
4
Tampere
— 4 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planning site.

Barcelona, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Helsinki. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get some historical perspective at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Attractions like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Linden Esplanade make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa), Riverside Park (in Kotka) and Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). The adventure continues: hike along Hiidenvuori, do a tasting at Pihamaa Estate & Winery, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and learn more about the world around you at The Recreational Fishing Museum of Finland.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Asikkala, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

2
nights
Tornio

Tornio ©
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Perameren Kansallispuisto. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and then find something for the whole family at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tornio road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Kouvola to Tornio with the Route module. July in Tornio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can 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 ©
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley
Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda ©
Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Yyteri Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Tornio to Tampere with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Yyteri Beach, Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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