47 days in Finland Itinerary

47 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Stuttgart
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 12 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Lappeenranta
— 11 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Imatra
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Savonlinna
— 8 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Mikkeli
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h
End: Stuttgart

12
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Espoo (Nuuksio National Park & Arctic Expedition), Porvoo (Castle Hill, Porvoo Old Town, &more) and Lahti (Laune Central Park & Hohtokeila Lahti). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Stuttgart, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Stuttgart to Helsinki is 1 hour. When traveling from Stuttgart in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Helsinki, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porvoo, Espoo, Lahti, Vantaa Art Museum
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 30:
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

11
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Hamina (Hamina Town Hall, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, &more), Savitaipale Church (in Savitaipale) and Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, Katariina Seaside Park, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta visit planner.

You can take a train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum, Savitaipale Church
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 10:
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

5
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Imatra: Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo (in Miettila), Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti) and Parikkala (Parikkalan kirkko, Siikalahti Wetland, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, stop by Imatran Kalatalo, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Imatra day trip planning website.

Imatra is just a stone's throw from Lappeenranta. September in Imatra sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ruokolahti, Parikkala, Kollaa- Ja Simo Hayha -Museo, Rautjarven kirkko
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Imatrankoski ©
Imatrankoski
The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park

8
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi), Joensuu (Utransaari/ The Utra Island, Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, &more) and Heinaveden kirkko (in Heinavesi). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, and examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna road trip website.

Getting from Imatra to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Joensuu, Kerimaki, Punkaharju, Old Mine Mining Museum, Tohmajarven kirkko
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 23:
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

10
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mikkeli: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill), Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Neitvuori, take a memorable drive along Lietvesi Scenic Road, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mikkeli journey planner.

You can take a bus from Savonlinna to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Jyvaskyla, Puumala, Kouvola, Art Centre Salmela, Hiidenvuori
Find places to stay Sep 23 — Oct 3:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral
Kenkavero ©
Kenkavero

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