9 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: deepen your knowledge of military history at Fortress of Suomenlinna, stroll through Sibelius Monument, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip tool .

In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Olavinlinna Castle. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, and finally make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Keep things going the next day: stop by Rajamarket, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, and then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Olavinlinna Castle
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

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nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 26th (Wed), stop by Mikkeli Market Place and then get great views at Naisvuori Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Headquarters Museum, then examine the collection at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car, and then get in on the family fun at Visulahti.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Mikkeli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Mikkeli

#Museums, #Theme Parks, #Shopping
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Headquarters Museum ©
Headquarters Museum
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral
Mikkeli Market Place ©
Mikkeli Market Place

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