14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

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14 days in Helsinki Region & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning tool .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from London in November; daily highs in Helsinki reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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. On the 14th (Sat), examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, then make a trip to Paateri, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids and then trek along Akka-Koli Hill.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lieksa trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Lieksa with the Route module. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in November, with highs in Lieksa at 1°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

2
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Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): have fun at Vainolanniemi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then admire the natural beauty at Snellman Park, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kuopio trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lieksa to Kuopio in 3 hours. In November in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
St. Nikolaos Cathedral ©
St. Nikolaos Cathedral

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get outside with Puumalan Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Church, and then get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Lietvesi Scenic Road, make a trip to Viewing Platform in Puumala, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, then make a trip to Naisvuori Observation Tower, and finally examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mikkeli travel route planner.

You can take a train from Kuopio to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Puumala, St. George Church
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Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Communications Centre Lokki
Communications Centre Lokki
Naisvuori Observation Tower ©
Naisvuori Observation Tower

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tampere road trip app .

Getting from Mikkeli to Tampere by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in November, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ahvenisto, Padasjoen Tuomastornit
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

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