42 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

42 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 10 nights
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Kouvola
— 7 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lieksa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Suomussalmi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rautavaara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 7 nights
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Helsinki

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Hiidenkirnut (in Askola), Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town) and Vantaa (Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto & Heureka). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, go for a walk through Uutelan luontopolku, take a stroll through Katajanokka, and look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

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7
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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Visit The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Lemin kirkko for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Repovesi National Park and Santalahti Nature Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Sandcastle Lappeenranta (in Lappeenranta), Puumala (Lake Saimaa & Lietvesi Scenic Road) and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, contemplate the long history of Kyminlinna Fortress, admire the striking features of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and get outside with Anjan Puisto.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kouvola trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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5
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Paha-Koli Hill and Linnansaari National Park. Get some historical perspective at New Valamo Monastery and Joensuu Church. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Pielinen (in Koli National Park) and Kuopio (St. Nikolaos Cathedral & Valkeisenlampi). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach, look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, and don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Joensuu attractions planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Joensuu by car takes about 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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6
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Lieksa

Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Visiting Akka-Koli Hill and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Lieksa: Koli National Park (Rasavaara Observation tower, Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, &more) and Hiidenportti National Park (in Sotkamo). There's much more to do: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, and identify plant and animal life at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lieksa travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Lieksa takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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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 28th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Boreal Wildlife Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Wilds Piira. On your second day here, take a stroll around Kuhmo Arts Centre and then identify plant and animal life at Wild Taiga.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kuhmo online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Lieksa to Kuhmo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

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Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. On the 30th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Hossa National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Silent People and then identify plant and animal life at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Suomussalmi travel website.

Getting from Kuhmo to Suomussalmi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Rautavaara.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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2
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Rautavaara

Rautavaara is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Northern Savonia region. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Venajanhiekka.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rautavaara trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Suomussalmi to Rautavaara in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rautavaara are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rautavaara

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors
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7
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas and Aleksanterin Kirkko will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Evo Hiking Area. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Helvetinjarven Kansallispuisto (in Ruovesi), Padasjoki (Paijanne-Ilves Trail & Päijänteen kansallispuisto) and Hameenlinna (Hame Castle & Linna Golf & Country Club). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, let little ones run wild at Duck Park (Sorsapuisto), and stop by Hameenkatu.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tampere online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rautavaara to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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