7 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

7 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

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7 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Kouvola
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 day
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Syracuse

1
day
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 24th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Hevoshaan Arboretum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kouvola vacation builder .

Syracuse, USA to Kouvola is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Syracuse in June, things will get slightly colder in Kouvola: highs are around 66°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hevoshaan Arboretum ©
Hevoshaan Arboretum

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, then get advice or help at Riihisaari, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna journey website .

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
day
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn planner .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 27th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku visit planning website .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June in Turku, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

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 28th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and then examine the collection at Design Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary planner .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Adventure
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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