16 days in Helsinki Region & Kuopio Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki Region & Kuopio Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive
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Loviisa
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Paavolan Tammi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kaivopuisto. There's much more to do: get your bearings at Oodi Central Library, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and stroll around Sibelius Monument.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-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 August, plan for little chillier days in Helsinki, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can fly to Kuopio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Kuopio

— 5 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puijo Tower and Kuopio Market City Hall. Visiting Venajanhiekka and Kolovesi National Park will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Kuopio to Rautavaara to see Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Saaristokatu and walk around Snellman Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Loviisa

— 5 nights
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Porvoo Old Town and Lehman. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Beach Mansikkalahti and Aijanniemi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden, Maritime Centre Vellamo, &more), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Loviisa road trip planner.

You can drive from Kuopio to Loviisa in 4.5 hours. In August in Loviisa, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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