9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Lappeenranta
1
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Espoo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Porvoo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Lappeenranta

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Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko, then don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip builder tool .

In October in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planning tool .

Take a train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Espoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. On the 7th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, examine the collection at The Finnish Museum of Horology, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Espoo trip maker site .

Espoo is just a short distance from Helsinki. In October, daytime highs in Espoo are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art ©
The Finnish Museum of Horology ©
The Finnish Museum of Horology

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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): have fun at Lahti Sports Center, take in the waterfront at Vesijärvi harbor, and then see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, look for all kinds of wild species at Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula), and then admire the masterpieces at Halosenniemi Museum.

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Getting from Espoo to Porvoo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Porvoo sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Lahti, Tuusula
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Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) ©
Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula)
Lahti Sports Center ©
Lahti Sports Center
Vesijärvi harbor ©
Vesijärvi harbor

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