14 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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14 days in Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Rautavaara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Elimaki
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip site .

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Tampere is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rautavaara.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Rautavaara

Rautavaara ©
Rautavaara is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Northern Savonia region. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Venajanhiekka.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rautavaara trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Rautavaara takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rautavaara

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka

3
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. Get outdoors at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Herajarvi Hiking Trail. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lieksa tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rautavaara to Lieksa takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Elimaki.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

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

1
day
Elimaki

Elimaki ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Elimaki tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Elimaki takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Elimaki

Parks Wildlife
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

5
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 the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Hirsala Golf (in Kirkkonummi), Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Kotka (Industrial park Karhu ja Tahti, Linden Esplanade, & more). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip website .

You can drive from Elimaki to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo Old Town, Hirsala Golf
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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