13 days in Lakeland Itinerary

13 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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13 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  16​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Kuopio
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Jerusalem

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna holiday planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Savonlinna is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in September: high temperatures in Savonlinna hover around 16°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

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Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

3
days
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. For shopping fun, head to Taitokortteli or Kauppakeskus Iso Myy. Get in touch with nature at Honkaniemi Beach and Utra Beach. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), see the interesting displays at Carelicum, and make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Joensuu online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuopio.

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Taitokortteli ©
Taitokortteli
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko

2
days
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): browse the different shops at Matkus Shopping Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, then admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral. On the next day, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor.

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Drive from Joensuu to Kuopio in 2 hours. In September in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
Matkus Shopping Center ©
Matkus Shopping Center

4
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Rauhaniemi Beach and Viikinsaari Island will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hameenkatu and Tammelantori. Change things up with a short trip to Museo Militaria in Haemeenlinna (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tampere travel route builder tool .

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping

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Museo Militaria
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Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
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day
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, then look for all kinds of wild species at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and then get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kouvola trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. September in Kouvola sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

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