5 days in Central Finland, Lakeland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

5 days in Central Finland, Lakeland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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5 days in Central Finland, Lakeland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Drive:  2​h
1
Saarijarvi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly + tram:  8​h
End: Lyon

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night
Saarijarvi

Saarijarvi ©
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Hakki National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saarijarvi trip itinerary maker tool .

Tallinn, Estonia to Saarijarvi is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Tallinn in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saarijarvi, with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 29th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Saarijarvi to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and then identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Laajalahti Nature Reserve
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