38 days in Helsinki, Imatra & Savonlinna Itinerary

38 days in Helsinki, Imatra & Savonlinna Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 15 nights
2
Imatra
— 12 nights
3
Savonlinna
— 8 nights

15
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Teijo National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Arboretum Mustila. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Hanko (Bellevue Beach & Tulliniemi Nature Path), Pyhan Katarinan kirkko (in Karjaa) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Ekenas Archipelago National Park. Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum.

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Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Helsinki. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Raseborg, Kotka, Hanko, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhan Katarinan kirkko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

12
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Explore hidden gems such as Imatra Waterfall and Lempukka Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Mielakka Ski Center and Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Imatra: Lappeenranta (Saimaa Canal, Nuijamaa Church, &more), Puumala (Viewing Platform in Puumala, Lietvesi Scenic Road, &more) and Kouvola (Repovesi National Park, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, &more). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum, hike along Salpa Line Hiking Trail, and admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Imatra attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Imatra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Imatra, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Kouvola, Puumala, Ruokolahti, Virolahti
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area

8
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get in touch with nature at Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre and Honkaniemi Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olavinlinna Castle and Linnansaari National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Heinaveden kirkko (in Heinavesi), Joensuu (Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, Treetop Adventure Park, &more) and Parikkala (Siikalahti Wetland & The Parikkala Sculpture Park). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Orinoro Gorge, get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna tour itinerary planning website.

Getting from Imatra to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Savonlinna are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Joensuu, Punkaharju, Parikkala, Heinaveden kirkko, Tohmajarven kirkko
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Orinoro Gorge ©
Orinoro Gorge
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

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