44 days in Helsinki Region & Punkaharju Itinerary

44 days in Helsinki Region & Punkaharju Itinerary

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44 days in Helsinki Region & Punkaharju Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  17 h
— 13 nights
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h
— 11 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Newark


Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bellevue Beach and Ekenas Archipelago National Park. Get in touch with nature at Tulliniemi Nature Path and Aurlahti Beach. Explore Espoo's surroundings by going to Hanko Water Tower (in Hanko), Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo) and Raseborg (Ekenas Museum, The Old Water Tower of Ekenas, & more). Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Teijo national park. Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Nuuksio National Park. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Torronsuo National Park, get outside with Arctic Expedition, look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, and relax in the rural setting at Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Espoo day trip app .

Newark, USA to Espoo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in September, things will get a bit cooler in Espoo: highs are around 61°F and lows about 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Raseborg, Hanko, Tammela, Pernio, Lohja
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Torronsuo National Park ©
Torronsuo National Park
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path


Punkaharju ©
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Linnansaari National Park and Lammassaari Island. Step out of the city life by going to Orinoro Gorge and Kummakivi Boulder. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Punkaharju: Imatra (Malonsaari, Lempukka Beach, & more), Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road, Puumalan Lake, & more) and Savonlinna (Pikkukirkko, Taito Shop Savonlinna, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, stop by Taitokortteli, and meet the residents at Kitee Zoo.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Espoo to Punkaharju. In October, daytime highs in Punkaharju are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Joensuu, Imatra, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Savonlinna
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Orinoro Gorge ©
Orinoro Gorge
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island


Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Arboretum Mustila and Santalahti Nature Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Riverside Park and Stromforsin ruukki. Venture out of the city with trips to Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Lahti (Lahti City Hall, Laune Central Park, & more). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, pause for some serene contemplation at Loviisan kirkko, and delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

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

Traveling by car from Punkaharju to Loviisa takes 3.5 hours. In October in Loviisa, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tuusula.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Lahti, Kouvola, Hamina, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park


Tuusula ©
Tuusula is a municipality of Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Evo Hiking Area and Holy Cross Church. Get in touch with nature at Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) and Kelvenne Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Tuusula side-trips: Riihimaki Art Museum (in Riihimaki), Haemeenlinna (Hauhon kirkko, Linna Golf & Country Club, & more) and Päijänteen kansallispuisto (in Padasjoki). The adventure continues: stroll through Pulkkilanharju Nature Trail, explore and take pictures at Savijarvi Gard Manor, stroll the grounds of Tuusula Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lemmenlaakson luonnonsuojelualue.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tuusula journey app .

Traveling by car from Loviisa to Tuusula takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Tuusula can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tuusula

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Padasjoki, Jarvenpaa, Rapola Ridge, Savijarvi Gard Manor
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Tuusula Church ©
Tuusula Church
Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area
Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) ©
Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula)