8 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Cardiff

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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki journey builder website.

Cardiff, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Cardiff to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cardiff in October, with highs in Helsinki at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Ukko-Koli and then enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Helsinki in November, you will find days in Koli National Park are little chillier (1°C), and nights are about the same (-2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kouvola road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kouvola takes 5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6: