41 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

41 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 8 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive
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Vuokatti
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 5 nights
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Helsinki
— 9 nights
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Tampere

— 8 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vapriikin Museokeskus and The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Popular historic sites such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing are in your itinerary. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Evo Hiking Area in Hameenlinna--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, examine the collection at Moomin Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

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Rome, Italy to Tampere is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rome in August, expect nights in Tampere to be little chillier, around 11°C, while days are colder, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 29:

Kuopio

— 5 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Puijo Tower and VB Photographic Centre. Get a sense of the local culture at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland and Kuopion Korttelimuseo. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, and examine the collection at Kuopion Automuseo.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kuopio online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tampere to Kuopio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Vuokatti.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 3:

Vuokatti

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara, then perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vuokatti trip planner.

Drive from Kuopio to Vuokatti in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Vuokatti are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Vuokatti

Theme Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Kuhmo

— 2 nights
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. On the 5th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Taiga and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilds Piira. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Boreal Wildlife Centre.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kuhmo vacation planner.

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

Things to do in Kuhmo

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:
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Joensuu

— 4 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Popular historic sites such as Joensuu Church and Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma and Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: work some fitness into your day at Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, delve into the lush surroundings at Kolvananuuro, whizz through the canopy at Treetop Adventure Park, and don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Joensuu attractions website.

Getting from Kuhmo to Joensuu by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna visit planner.

Drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Lappeenranta

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lappeenranta Fortress and Lemin kirkko. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saimaa Canal and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, see the interesting displays at Wolkoff House Museum, contemplate the long history of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta road trip planning tool.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:

Kouvola

— 5 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Repovesi National Park and Model Railroad Museum Kouvola. World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and Pyhan Ristin kirkko are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Neitvuori (in Mikkeli) and Lahti (Musical Fountain & Laune Central Park). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Tykkimaki Amusement Park, take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hevoshaan Arboretum.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola journey builder.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

Helsinki

— 9 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to history buffs. Attractions like Temppeliaukio Church and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) (in Tuusula), Vantaa (Heureka & Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto) and Espoo (Nuuksio National Park & Kaitalampi). Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 30: