Helsinki - Lappeenranta: Old towns, intriguing architecture & beautiful gardens
Pick-up your hire car early morning and head east towards the town of Porvoo.
Founded nearly 800 years ago, Porvoo is the second oldest town in Finland. For centuries, it has served as both a home and a source of inspiration for many Finnish artists. Among them was Finland's national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg, whose home you can visit to experience how the everyday life was in the 1900’s.
Even though Porvoo is not exactly a coastal town, it is connected to the Gulf of Finland via the Porvoo River. Explore the old wooden town by foot, visit small charming shops and enjoy morning tea in one of the cosy cafes. Then continue your drive towards east and the town of Kotka. On the way to Kotka, you might want to visit the Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge.
Continue your drive to Kotka, a picturesque town with a rich maritime tradition. Kotka is nowadays also known for it beautiful award-winning parks and gardens. Or, if you are interested in finding more about the aquatic species in Finland, visit Maretarium that pays tribute to the Finnish aquatic life.
There are a few options for visits on the way to your next destination, the town of Lappeenranta.
Arrive in Lappeenranta early evening and check-in at your hotel.