18 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

18 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hanko
— 3 nights
2
Turku
— 3 nights
3
Tampere
— 1 night
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
6
Kotka
— 3 nights
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights

3
nights
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Teijo National Park.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hanko day trip planning website.

Phoenix, USA to Hanko is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 9 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in July, expect Hanko to be cooler, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Get some historical perspective at Turku Cathedral and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum, Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, and get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum.

Plan my day in Turku using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Hanko to Turku in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, thensteep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online visit planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, thenmake a trip to Riihisaari, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

Before you visit Savonlinna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, thenstep into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and finally explore the activities along Saimaa Canal. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

3
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Valkmusa National Park and Arboretum Mustila. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stromforsin Ruukki and Santalahti Nature Trail. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Riverside Park and enjoy the sand and surf at Lehman.

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

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Stromforsin Ruukki, Arboretum Mustila, Valkmusa National Park
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Design Museum. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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