9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
train:  1​h 30​min
1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
End: Helsinki

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 11th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Maretarium, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola road trip planning tool .

Helsinki to Kouvola is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip tool .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

1
night
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 14th (Tue): laugh and play at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Tampere road trip planning app .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Tampere in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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.
Visit Rock Church and Fortress of Suomenlinna for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Pihlajasaari Recreational Park.

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Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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