21 days in Lakeland Itinerary

21 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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21 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Madrid
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Lahti
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Kuopio
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  8​h 30​min
Madrid

2
days
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain, then identify plant and animal life at Evo Hiking Area, and then do a tasting at Pihamaa Estate & Winery.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lahti tour builder app .

Madrid, Spain to Lahti is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Madrid in June, plan for much colder days in Lahti, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lahti

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Tuusula Church, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius
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Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area
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Motorcycle Museum of Finland

2
days
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): kick back and relax at Aijanniemi Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. On your second day here, wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Lahti to Kouvola by car takes about an hour. In June, daytime highs in Kouvola are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kotka, Stromforsin ruukki
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Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

3
days
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get in touch with nature at Lempukka Beach and Saimaa Canal. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Puumalan Lake and Wolkoff House Museum. Take a break from Lappeenranta with a short trip to Tainionkosken Church in Imatra, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, stroll through Haikkaanlahden Hiking Trail, and explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta day trip planner .

Getting from Kouvola to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Taipalsaari, Puumalan Lake
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Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

2
days
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 3rd (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Honkaniemi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko. On your second day here, examine the collection at Carelicum, then don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, and finally Head underground at Pirunkirkko.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Joensuu takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Joensuu

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Pirunkirkko
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Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church

3
days
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo and Tahko Farmi. Get a sense of the local culture at Kuopion Korttelimuseo and Kuopio War Veteran Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuopio: Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula) and Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral and do a tasting at Alahovi Berry Wine Farm.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio travel route planner.

You can drive from Joensuu to Kuopio in 2 hours. July in Kuopio sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Tahko Farmi, Southern Konnevesi National park
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral

1
day
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 8th (Sun), take a memorable tour with Laajis.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla journey maker app .

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Jyvaskyla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Jyvaskyla sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors
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5
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rauhaniemi Beach and Serlachius Museum Gosta. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parola Tank Museum and Tampere City Library, Metso. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo) in Kangasala, approximately 32 minutes away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo, and take in the views from Hameensilta.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere route builder site .

Take a train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Parola Tank Museum, Serlachius Museum Gosta
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Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Serlachius Museum Gosta ©
Serlachius Museum Gosta