16 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Detroit
Fly:  17 h
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Detroit

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 Rauhaniemi Beach. 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 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Tampere is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Detroit in November, expect nights in Tampere to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are little chillier, around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a train 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, then examine 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, then examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Parks Nature
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RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
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, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, 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 35°F, while at night they dip to 29°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, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, then see 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, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, 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 37°F during the day and 30°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 Parks
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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 Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Get in touch with nature at Hiidenvuori and Arboretum Mustila. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Kotka (Linden Esplanade & Beach Mansikkalahti). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Mielakka Ski Center. It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko and take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kouvola, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Kouvola by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. November in Kouvola sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a train 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 Helsinki Cathedral and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Appreciate the collections at Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki travel planning app.

You can take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Helsinki sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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