41 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

41 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Start: Rome
Fly + Train:  7 h 45 min
1
Tampere
— 8 nights
Drive:  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
Drive:  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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Popular historic sites such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Vanha Kirkko are in your itinerary. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Evo Hiking Area in Hameenlinna--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip app.

Rome, Italy to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-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. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for cooler days in Tampere, with highs around 23°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

5
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
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 RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland. Museum-lovers will appreciate VB Photographic Centre and Kuopio Art Museum. 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, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and get a taste of the local shopping with G12 Galleria.

Before you visit Kuopio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Tampere to Kuopio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish 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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RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
VB Photographic Centre ©
VB Photographic Centre
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

1
night
Vuokatti

Vuokatti ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara, thenperfect 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
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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. On the 5th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wild Taiga and then identify plant and animal life at Wilds Piira. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at 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

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. Popular historic sites such as Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and Joensuu Church are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni and Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kolvananuuro, get outside with Utransaari/ The Utra Island, make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and stop by Taitokortteli.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Joensuu trip planning site.

Getting from Kuhmo to Joensuu by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Kolvananuuro ©
Kolvananuuro
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni ©
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma

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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, thensee 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
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Lappeenranta Fortress. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saimaa Canal and Lemin kirkko. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

5
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Repovesi National Park and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Model Railroad Museum Kouvola 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 identify plant and animal life at Hevoshaan Arboretum.

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

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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

Side Trips

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

9
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Attractions like Temppeliaukio Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) (in Tuusula), Espoo (Nuuksio National Park & Kaitalampi) and Vantaa (Heureka & Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto). Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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