9 days in Lappeenranta, Helsinki Region & Lahti Itinerary

9 days in Lappeenranta, Helsinki Region & Lahti Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
2
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Lahti
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam

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 26th (Sat), explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and finally stroll through Lempukka Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta attractions planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lappeenranta is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in October, with highs in Lappeenranta at 8°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Imatra
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park and then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, look for gifts at Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Helsinki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lahti.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

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nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Step out of the city life by going to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Kiikunlahde. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahti: Tampere (Tallipihan Suklaapuoti & Rauhaniemi Beach) and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius (in Hameenlinna). Next up on the itinerary: get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola, and admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lahti trip planner.

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Lahti takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tampere, Hollola, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
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Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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