8 days in Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Thessaloniki
Fly:  15 h
1
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Thessaloniki

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Linden Esplanade and Stromforsin Ruukki. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lemin kirkko and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Riverside Park (in Kotka) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, stroll through Lempukka Beach, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta tour itinerary planning tool.

Thessaloniki, Greece to Lappeenranta is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also drive. While traveling from Thessaloniki, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Lappeenranta, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin Ruukki, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral
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Lemin kirkko ©
Lemin kirkko
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, stop by Katajanokka, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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