24 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

24 days in Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Brussels

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Helsinki

— 6 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Family-friendly places like Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral will thrill your kids. Pack the 17th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planning app.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Brussels to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks
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Koli National Park

— 4 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, take in the pleasant sights at Rylays Hill, and make a trip to Paateri.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Koli National Park sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. In July, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Siikalahti Wetland and then make a trip to Rapio Mill.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip builder website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

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Lappeenranta

— 4 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Family-friendly places like Lappeenrannan kirkko and Saimaa Canal will thrill your kids. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala) and Communications Centre Lokki (in Mikkeli). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and soothe aching muscles at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip maker app.

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Kouvola

— 4 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kids will appreciate attractions like Repovesi National Park and Model Railroad Museum Kouvola. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Lahti (Vesijärvi harbor & Laune Central Park) and Kotka (Riverside Park & Sibelius Park). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Kouvola by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's still lots to do: stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and look for gifts at Hameenkatu.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip website.

You can drive from Kouvola to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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