18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta online travel route planner .

Helsinki to Lappeenranta is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

3
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Imatra: Parikkala (The Parikkala Sculpture Park & Siikalahti Wetland) and Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, and brush up on your military savvy at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Imatra journey tool .

Imatra is very close to Lappeenranta. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Parikkala, Ruokolahti, Rautjarven kirkko
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Imatrankoski ©
Imatrankoski
The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kolovesi National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna road trip tool .

Getting from Imatra to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Linnansaari National Park, Kolovesi National Park, Kerimaki Church, New Valamo Monastery
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park

4
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore Mikkeli's surroundings by going to Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road & Viewing Platform in Puumala), Jyvaskyla (Finnish Air Force Museum, The Alvar Aalto Museum, & more) and Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Anjan Puisto, pause for some photo ops at Mannerheim Statue, take in panoramic vistas at Naisvuori Observation Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Communications Centre Lokki.

Discover how to plan a Mikkeli trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Savonlinna to Mikkeli by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Jyvaskyla, Puumala, Kouvola
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The Alvar Aalto Museum ©
The Alvar Aalto Museum
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Hauhalan Hanhifarmi ©
Hauhalan Hanhifarmi

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.
On the 1st (Sun), shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder .

You can drive from Mikkeli to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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