5 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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5 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h
End: Manchester

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Helsinki is 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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