9 days in Lappeenranta, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lappeenranta, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Lappeenranta, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 1 night
End: Helsinki

4
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get in touch with nature at Linnansaari National Park and Siikalahti Wetland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Santalahti Nature Trail and Lammassaari Island. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: The Parikkala Sculpture Park (in Parikkala), Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju) and Riverside Park (in Kotka). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, and admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta day trip planning app .

Helsinki to Lappeenranta is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Parikkala, Kotka, Imatra, Linnansaari National Park, Punkaharju Ridge
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
The Astuvansalmi rock paintings ©
The Astuvansalmi rock paintings

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): hike along The Archipelago Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Turku trip builder tool .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

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.
On the 17th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Norman Travels, then steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. September in Helsinki sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Norman Travels ©
Norman Travels
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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