5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

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5 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Mikkeli
— 1 night
4
Porvoo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
End: Helsinki

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night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lappeenranta, use our trip itinerary maker.

Helsinki to Lappeenranta is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): examine the collection at S/S Salama, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna online visit planner .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, make a trip to Kenkavero, then head outdoors with Anjan Puisto, then make a trip to Naisvuori Observation Tower, and finally learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli journey planner.

You can take a bus from Savonlinna to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
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Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral
Kenkavero ©
Kenkavero

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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka, get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, and finally revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Porvoo trip planner .

You can drive from Mikkeli to Porvoo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Porvoo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Shopping
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Brunberg Candy Factory Shop ©
Brunberg Candy Factory Shop

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