8 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary maker

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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
— 1 night
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Prague

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temppeliaukio Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Step out of Helsinki to go to Vantaa and see Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, stop by TeeMaa Tea House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki journey builder.

Prague, Czech Republic to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Prague in July, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit cooler (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Koli National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): hike along Paha-Koli Hill, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip maker website.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. In July in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arboretum Mustila, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and then soothe aching muscles at Tykkimaen Sauna.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola online attractions planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kouvola in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Sat), boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Spas · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17: