8 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rome
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Lieksa
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Rome

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 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. On the next day, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then visit Katajanokka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki travel route planner.

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Rome to Helsinki is 1 hour. When traveling from Rome in August, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 12th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and then get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola travel itinerary planner.

Take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area

1
night
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and then hike along Akka-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lieksa visit planning app.

Getting from Kouvola to Lieksa by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

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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 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tampere driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Tampere takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Spas

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