28 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

28 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation maker.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Brussels to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 26:

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: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, hike along Makravaara Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and make a trip to Paateri.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park online road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:

Mikkeli

— 3 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Mikkeli: Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala), Rapio Mill (in Juva) and St. George Church (in Joroinen). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, get great views at Neitvuori, stop by Stella, and make a trip to Pursialan hiidenkirnu.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli road trip planning site.

Drive from Savonlinna to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Shopping · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

Lappeenranta

— 4 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 these side-trips from Lappeenranta: Parikkala (The Parikkala Sculpture Park & Siikalahti Wetland). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, relax and rejuvenate at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Change things up with a short trip to Valkmusa National Park in Siltakyla (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 8th (Mon) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and contemplate the long history of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kouvola trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Kouvola by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, stroll around Nasi Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14: