9 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Berlin
Fly:  5 h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Berlin

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nuuksio National Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Paavolan Tammi and Teijo National Park. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Tulliniemi Nature Path in Hanko--about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Katajanokka and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation builder site.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Berlin to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Helsinki sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Paavolan Tammi, Tulliniemi Nature Path, Teijo National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get in touch with nature at Repovesi National Park and Riverside Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arboretum Mustila and Lehman. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju), Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Linden Esplanade (in Kotka). There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum.

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Take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Woikosken Automuseo, Stromforsin Ruukki, Arboretum Mustila
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tampere holiday planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Tampere by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Spas
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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