22 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

22 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, look for gifts at Hameenkatu, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

Paris, France to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Paris in July; daily highs in Tampere reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Kouvola

— 4 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Riverside Park). Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. It doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and examine the collection at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Lappeenranta

— 3 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Change things up with a short trip to Communications Centre Lokki in Mikkeli (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, relax and rejuvenate at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola, and explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Kouvola to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Savonlinna

— 3 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala), Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take some stellar pictures from Neitvuori, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Church.

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Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Koli National Park

— 4 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Pack the 13th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

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Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki with the Route module. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14: