18 days in Helsinki Region & Jyvaskyla Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki Region & Jyvaskyla Itinerary

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18 days in Helsinki Region & Jyvaskyla Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Jyvaskyla
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Loviisa
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa, approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 30th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 60°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

8
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Puijo Tower and Room Escape Games. Explore Jyvaskyla's surroundings by going to Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari), Pyha-Hakki National Park (in Saarijarvi) and Kuopio Market City Hall (in Kuopio). Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Leivonmaki National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Paijatsalo Trail, contemplate the long history of Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, snap pictures at Karkisten Silta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla attractions planning app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Jyvaskyla takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in June, plan for little chillier nights in Jyvaskyla, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuopio, Mantta-Vilppula, Paijatsalo Trail, Church of Keuruu, Pyha-Hakki National Park
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

3
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Porvoo Old Town and Salpa Line Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Loviisa: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Museum/Holm House) and Kotka (Riverside Park, Maritime Centre Vellamo, & more). It doesn't end there: stop by Riimikko and get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Loviisa online trip maker .

Drive from Jyvaskyla to Loviisa in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Loviisa can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Loviisa

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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