9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Doha

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then stroll around Riverside Park. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Woikosken Automuseo and then explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kouvola online visit planner .

Doha, Qatar to Kouvola is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Kouvola is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Doha in October, expect Kouvola to be much colder, temps between 7°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Woikosken Automuseo, Riverside Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Paateri and then explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Keep things going the next day: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and then stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lieksa day trip app .

You can drive from Kouvola to Lieksa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Paavolan Tammi in Lohjan Island (about 1h 05 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Observatory Hill Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lieksa to Helsinki. When traveling from Lieksa in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Paavolan Tammi, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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