44 days in Helsinki Region & Punkaharju Itinerary

44 days in Helsinki Region & Punkaharju Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  17 h
1
Espoo
— 13 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h
2
Punkaharju
— 11 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Loviisa
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Tuusula
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Newark

13
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Get outdoors at Arctic Expedition and Kaitalampi. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gallen-Kallela Museum and Talomuseo Glims. Get out of town with these interesting Espoo side-trips: Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo), Hanko (Bellevue Beach, Hanko Water Tower, &more) and Raseborg (EKTA museum, Ekenas Archipelago National Park, &more). Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Teijo National Park. Spend the 26th (Wed) exploring nature at Nuuksio National Park. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Espoo Car Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Sello, get outside with Serena Ski, and have fun at Oittaa Recreation Centre.

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Espoo journey planner.

Newark, USA to Espoo is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Newark in September; daily highs in Espoo reach 61°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

11
nights
Punkaharju

Punkaharju ©
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Linnansaari National Park and Orinoro Gorge. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lietvesi Scenic Road and Puumalan Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Punkaharju side-trips: Imatra (Malonsaari, Lempukka Beach, &more), Mikkeli (Communications Centre Lokki, Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, &more) and Savonlinna (Pikkukirkko, Taito Shop Savonlinna, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, kick back and relax at Honkaniemi Beach, stop by Taitokortteli, and explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Punkaharju trip builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Espoo to Punkaharju. In October, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Joensuu, Lappeenranta, Imatra, Mikkeli, Puumala
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Orinoro Gorge ©
Orinoro Gorge

9
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Arboretum Mustila and Linden Esplanade. Get outdoors at Santalahti Nature Trail and Pikku Vesijarvi. Change things up with these side-trips from Loviisa: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Lahti (Lahti City Hall, Laune Central Park, &more) and Bunker Museum (in Virolahti). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Loviisan kirkko, step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island, admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and steep yourself in history at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Loviisa road trip site.

Traveling by car from Punkaharju to Loviisa takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Tuusula.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Lahti, Hamina, Kouvola, Castle Hill
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

8
nights
Tuusula

Tuusula ©
Tuusula is a municipality of Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) and Evo Hiking Area. Visiting Hiidenkirnut and Pulkkilanharju Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Explore Tuusula's surroundings by going to Holy Cross Church (in Parola), Riihimaki Art Museum (in Riihimaki) and Hameenlinna (Hauhon kirkko, Linna Golf & Country Club, &more). Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Päijänteen kansallispuisto. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Tuusula Church, trot along with Savijarvi Gard Manor, take in the pleasant sights at Telegrafberget, and head off the coast to Kaunissaari.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tuusula trip planner.

Traveling by car from Loviisa to Tuusula takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Tuusula are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 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, Jarvenpaa, Padasjoki, Sipoo, Hiidenkirnut
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Hiidenkirnut ©
Hiidenkirnut
Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) ©
Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula)
Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area

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