9 days in Helsinki, Koli National Park & Turku Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Koli National Park & Turku Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki, Koli National Park & Turku Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  5​h
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Berlin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online route maker .

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Explore Lieksa's surroundings by going to Joensuu (Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla & Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden), New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). There's lots more to do: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, appreciate the history behind Paalasmaan Surukivi, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Lieksa trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Lieksa. In August, daytime highs in Lieksa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Joensuu, Koli Shop Retkitupa, Paalasmaan Surukivi, New Valamo Monastery
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the next day, browse the collection at Turku City Library, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip planning app .

Drive from Lieksa to Turku in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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