7 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Zurich

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki sightseeing planning website .

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Helsinki. While traveling from Zurich, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolovesi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna day trip website .

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kolovesi National Park, Siikalahti Wetland
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

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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 18th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip maker website .

Drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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