8 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
3
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Train
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Milan

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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Porvoo Old Town and Kaivopuisto. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, 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, and get advice or help at Oodi Central Library.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Helsinki. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Milan in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

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Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna route planning website.

Fly from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

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 16th (Mon): make a trip to Lappeenrannan raatihuone, then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and then admire the engineering at Imatrankoski. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder site.

Take a train from Lappeenranta to Tampere in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites
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