16 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tampere
— 2 nights
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
4
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
5
Kouvola
— 4 nights
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Hatanpaa Arboretum. Jokioinen Museum Railway and The Parola Armour Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Hameenlinna to see Birthplace of Jean Sibelius about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For ratings and more tourist information, use the Tampere visit planner.

Detroit, USA to Tampere is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Detroit in November: highs in Tampere hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

The Parola Armour Museum, Jokioinen Museum Railway, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, thenexamine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, thenexamine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Tampere to Kuopio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Nature Parks
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RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, thenstep into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, thenexamine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip builder website.

Drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, thensee the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, see the interesting displays at Saimaa Kanal Museum, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, thenadmire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo ©
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo

4
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Repovesi National Park and Arboretum Mustila. Get in touch with nature at Mielakka Ski Center and Hiidenvuori. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Kotka (Linden Esplanade & Beach Mansikkalahti). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, contemplate the long history of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and trek along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip app.

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in November, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Hiidenvuori, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Appreciate the collections at Kansallisgalleria and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Katajanokka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Helsinki are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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