22 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

22 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Hameenlinna
— 3 nights
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Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 2 nights
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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 still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki route planning 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. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in September, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:

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: get in on the family fun at Ahvenisto, get into the urban bustle at Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone, stroll through Evo Hiking Area, and take an in-depth tour of Visavuori.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hameenlinna day trip planning tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Hameenlinna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Hameenlinna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lahti.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Lahti

— 3 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahti: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahti trip planning tool.

Getting from Hameenlinna to Lahti by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lahti can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

Mikkeli

— 2 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Saimaa. Keep things going the next day: get your bearings at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, then see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, and then stop by Stella.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mikkeli holiday app.

Getting from Lahti to Mikkeli by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Shopping · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

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: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, explore the activities along Pielinen, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and take some stellar pictures from Rylays Hill.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Koli National Park vacation app.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Koli National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 23rd (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall and then explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Orinoro Gorge and then admire all the interesting features of Puijo Tower.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kuopio are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24: