41 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

41 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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41 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly + train:  7​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 8 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Vuokatti
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Joensuu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
8
Kouvola
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Helsinki
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Rome

8
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Pohtiolampi make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hatanpaa Arboretum and Portaali VR. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see Evo Hiking Area in Haemeenlinna, approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tampere online visit planner .

Rome, Italy to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Tampere. Expect colder weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in Tampere hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Evo Hiking Area
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

5
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland and St. Nikolaos Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Kuopion Korttelimuseo and Kuopio Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kuopio holiday planning site .

Getting from Tampere to Kuopio by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Vuokatti.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Museums, #Parks, #Fun & Games
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Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo

1
night
Vuokatti

Vuokatti ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get great views at Vuokatinvaara, then enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Vuokatti trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Vuokatti takes 2.5 hours. September in Vuokatti sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Vuokatti

#Theme Parks, #Fun & Games
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Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti ©
Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

2
nights
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Wild Taiga and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wilds Piira. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kuhmo online trip planner .

Getting from Vuokatti to Kuhmo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuhmo

#Parks, #Wildlife
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

4
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Let the collections at Carelicum and Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni capture your imagination. Kids will enjoy Treetop Adventure Park and Utra Beach. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, hike along Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, and enjoy the sand and surf at Honkaniemi Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Joensuu tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Kuhmo to Joensuu takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails
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Kolvananuuro ©
Kolvananuuro
Carelicum ©
Carelicum
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

5
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Angry Birds Activity Park and Korpikeidas. Visit Lappeen Marian kirkko and Sandcastle Lappeenranta for their historical value. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, see the interesting displays at Wolkoff House Museum, and get your game on at Flowpark.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta online vacation maker .

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

5
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Let the collections at Kouvola Model Railroad Museum and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ankkapurha Culture Park and Pyhan Ristin kirkko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Lahti (Musical Fountain & Laune Central Park) and Neitvuori (in Mikkeli). Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hevoshaan Arboretum, get in on the family fun at Tykkimaki Amusement Park, and take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kouvola trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Kouvola by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Lahti, Neitvuori
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko
Kouvola Model Railroad Museum ©
Kouvola Model Railroad Museum

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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.
Bring the kids along to Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa), Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) (in Tuusula) and Espoo (Nuuksio National Park & Kaitalampi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip website .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Espoo, Vantaa, Porvoo, Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula)
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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