42 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

42 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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42 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 10 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kouvola
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Joensuu
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Lieksa
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Suomussalmi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Rautavaara
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Tampere
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London

10
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Visit Temppeliaukion Church and Helsinki Cathedral for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa), Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town) and Hiidenkirnut (in Askola). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Vantaa, Porvoo, Espoo, Hiidenkirnut
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Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

7
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get some historical perspective at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Puumala (Puumalan Lake & Lietvesi Scenic Road), Lappeenranta (Sandcastle Lappeenranta & Lemin kirkko) and Lahti City Hall (in Lahti). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

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You can take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Puumala, Paijatsalo Trail
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

5
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Visiting Paha-Koli Hill and Linnansaari National Park will get you outdoors. New Valamo Monastery and St. Nikolaos Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Joensuu to Kuopio to see Valkeisenlampi about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Pielinen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, and make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

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Getting from Kouvola to Joensuu by car takes about 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kuopio, Koli National Park, Linnansaari National Park, New Valamo Monastery
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

6
nights
Lieksa

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. Get outdoors at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Akka-Koli Hill. Go for a jaunt from Lieksa to Sotkamo to see Hiidenportti National Park about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, identify plant and animal life at Era Eero, and explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lieksa trip planning website .

Getting from Joensuu to Lieksa by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Hiidenportti National Park
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

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

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kuhmo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Kuhmo takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre
Kuhmo Arts Centre ©
Kuhmo Arts Centre

2
nights
Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi ©
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. On the 30th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hossa National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): make a trip to The Silent People and then look for all kinds of wild species at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Suomussalmi attractions planner.

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

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Hossa National Park ©
Hossa National Park
The Silent People ©
The Silent People

2
nights
Rautavaara

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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rautavaara trip planner .

Traveling by car from Suomussalmi to Rautavaara takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Rautavaara can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rautavaara

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka

7
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Hatanpaa Arboretum and Evo Hiking Area will get you outdoors. Visit Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas and Aleksanterin Kirkko for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Padasjoki (Paijanne-Ilves Trail & Päijänteen kansallispuisto), Helvetinjarven Kansallispuisto (in Ruovesi) and Hameenlinna (Hame Castle & Linna Golf & Country Club). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, look for all kinds of wild species at Pohtiolampi, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

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Traveling by car from Rautavaara to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Padasjoki, Helvetinjarven Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area
Päijänteen kansallispuisto ©
Päijänteen kansallispuisto

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