18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Imatra
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Lappeenranta
— 11 nights
train:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 1 night
End: Helsinki

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 18th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral and then pause for some photo ops at Mannerheim Statue. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mikkeli online vacation builder .

Helsinki to Mikkeli is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. August in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kouvola
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Naisvuori Observation Tower ©
Naisvuori Observation Tower
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church ©
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral. On your second day here, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and then explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna day trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Mikkeli to Savonlinna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then stroll through Malonsaari, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at De tre korsens kyrka.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Imatra day trip planning app .

Drive from Savonlinna to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Imatrankoski ©
Imatrankoski
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

11
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lappeenranta: Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo, Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, & more), Hamina (Hamina Fortress, Marian Kirkko, & more) and Kouvola (Tykkimaki Amusement Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, and admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta attractions planner.

Lappeenranta is very close to Imatra. August in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum, Taipalsaaren kirkko
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

1
night
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.
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip maker .

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Helsinki

Tours Outdoors Museums
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