16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Turku Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Turku Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
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Turku
— 4 nights
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Tampere
— 2 nights

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Helsinki

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.
Attractions like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Market Square Kauppatori make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hakaniemi Market and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Aurlahti Beach in Lohja, about 50 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, walk around Sibelius Monument, and stroll through Hietaranta Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel route website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Zurich to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori

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Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get outdoors at Valkmusa National Park and Arboretum Mustila. Explore hidden gems such as Santalahti Nature Trail and Linden Esplanade. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Kotka (Fuksinpuisto Park & Lehman) and Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kouvola travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 24th (Tue), stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then savor the flavors at Savonlinna Market Square, then get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Kouvola to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna
Savonlinna Market Square ©
Savonlinna Market Square

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Escape the urban bustle at Teijo National Park and Kurjenrahka National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Change things up with a short trip to Bellevue Beach in Hanko (about 1h 55 min away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or fly. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

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Tampere

Tampere ©

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Head to Tammelantori and Keittioelamaafor some retail therapy. Take a break from the city and head to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. Pack the 29th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planning site.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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