8 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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

3
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.
Family-friendly places like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Heureka will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and stroll around The Esplanadi Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Heureka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Ahvenisto. Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Ahtari Zoo in Ahtari, about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ahvenisto, Ahtari Zoo
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto

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