9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  12 h
1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo, explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum. On the next day, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kouvola trip itinerary planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kouvola is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dubai to Kouvola, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in August, with highs in Kouvola at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Woikosken Automuseo, Sapokka Water Garden
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then go for a walk through Visavuori.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Tampere visit planner.

Take a train from Kouvola to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Visavuori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

4
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, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki journey builder website .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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