22 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

22 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Hameenlinna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker tool.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 15:

Hameenlinna

— 3 nights
Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Hameenlinna is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museo Militaria, tour the pleasant surroundings at Evo Hiking Area, get in on the family fun at Ahvenisto, and take an in-depth tour of Skogster Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hameenlinna trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Hameenlinna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Hameenlinna sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Lahti

— 3 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lahti trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Hameenlinna to Lahti in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Mikkeli

— 2 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Rapio Mill and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Saimaa. Keep things going the next day: get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, then see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, and then look for gifts at Stella.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mikkeli driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lahti to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Shopping · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Koli National Park

— 5 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Koli National Park takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 28:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 29th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Orinoro Gorge and then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kuopio trip maker website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. August in Kuopio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30: