9 days in Helsinki, Imatra & Savonlinna Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Imatra & Savonlinna Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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.
On the 25th (Fri), get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaari Zoo, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then cruise along King's Road, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 26°F and lows about 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

King's Road
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
King's Road ©
King's Road

3
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Imatra Waterfall and Malonsaari. Get outdoors at Lempukka Beach and Lietvesi Scenic Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Imatra: Puumalan Lake (in Puumala) and Lappeenranta (Saimaa Canal, MyGoodKnife, &more). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at HopLop and pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Imatra online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Helsinki to Imatra in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Imatra at 20°F and lows at 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Puumala
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, and finally see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

For maps and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip maker.

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 20°F and lows of 9°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Linnansaari National Park, Siikalahti Wetland, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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