16 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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16 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Suomussalmi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Hameenlinna
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

1
night
Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi ©
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre and then don't miss a visit to The Silent People. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Hossa National Park.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Suomussalmi day trip planning site .

London, UK to Suomussalmi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from London to Suomussalmi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hossa National Park ©
Hossa National Park
The Silent People ©
The Silent People

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get some historical perspective at Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kolovesi National Park and Salpa Line. Explore Savonlinna's surroundings by going to St. George Church (in Joroinen) and Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli and don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Suomussalmi to Savonlinna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolovesi National Park, Salpa Line, Siikalahti Wetland, St. George Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lappeen Marian kirkko and Ruokolahden Kirkko. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Lammassaari Island (in Imatra) and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral (in Hamina). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, and examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Lammassaari Island, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

4
nights
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
Visit Hame Castle and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Linna Golf & Country Club and Torronsuo National Park. Take a break from Hameenlinna with a short trip to Church of Hollola in Hollola, about 56 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Hameenlinna planner .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Hameenlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Hameenlinna sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Church of Hollola, Torronsuo National Park
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Birthplace of Jean Sibelius ©
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
Torronsuo National Park ©
Torronsuo National Park
Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Ekenas Archipelago National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Hameenlinna to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Laajalahti Nature Reserve
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Ekenas Archipelago National Park ©
Ekenas Archipelago National Park

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