5 days in Helsinki Region & Lappeenranta Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki Region & Lappeenranta Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), thenmake a trip to Senate Square, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, thenadmire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder app.

Umea, Sweden to Helsinki is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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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 15th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, and then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta and then admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta visit planning tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Nature Parks
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Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

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