11 days in Riihimaki & Lakeland Itinerary

11 days in Riihimaki & Lakeland Itinerary

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11 days in Riihimaki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  15​h
1
Riihimaki
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
Haemeenlinna
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Philadelphia

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hours
Riihimaki

Riihimaki ©
Riihimäki is a town and municipality in the south of Finland, about north of Helsinki and 109km southeast of Tampere. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Hyvinkaa Church, examine the collection at Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum), and then find something for the whole family at Puuhamaa.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Riihimaki visit planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Riihimaki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. When traveling from Philadelphia in October, plan for cooler days in Riihimaki, with highs around 47°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Haemeenlinna.

Things to do in Riihimaki

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hyvinkaa Church, Puuhamaa
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Puuhamaa ©
Puuhamaa
Hyvinkaa Church ©
Hyvinkaa Church

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nights
Haemeenlinna

Haemeenlinna ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): learn about all things military at Parola Tank Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hame Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Evo Hiking Area. On your second day here, stroll through Aulanko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, then see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria, and finally explore the galleries of Sibelius Birthplace.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Haemeenlinna road trip planning app .

Haemeenlinna is just a stone's throw from Riihimaki. In October, daily temperatures in Haemeenlinna can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Haemeenlinna

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parola
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Aulanko ©
Aulanko
Hame Castle ©
Hame Castle
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere Cathedral and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Vapriikin Museokeskus. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, admire the masterpieces at Tampere Art Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and look for gifts at Tammelantori.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere visit planner.

Traveling by train from Haemeenlinna to Tampere takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Tampere sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 13th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip maker website .

Drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 14th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip builder .

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church and then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kouvola online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kotka
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church

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