17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
train:  5​h
1
Joensuu
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
5
Imatra
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
End: Helsinki

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Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Joensuu sightseeing planner.

Helsinki to Joensuu is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll set off for Lieksa on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Lieksa is known for museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lieksa online route planner .

Drive from Joensuu to Lieksa in 2 hours. August in Lieksa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Era Eero ©
Era Eero
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Savonlinna: Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna day trip planning app .

Getting from Lieksa to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Linnansaari National Park, Kerimaki Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill), Hamina (Hamina Fortress & Hamina Town Hall) and Riverside Park (in Kotka). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

Plan trip to Lappeenranta with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Riverside Park
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rautjarven kirkko, walk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park, learn about all things military at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum, then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and finally admire the engineering at Imatrankoski. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Imatra trip app .

Imatra is just a stone's throw from Lappeenranta. In August, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Rautjarven kirkko, Kummakivi Boulder
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Imatrankoski ©
Imatrankoski
The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park

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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Imatra to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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