35 days in Lakeland Itinerary

35 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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35 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Kouvola
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Mikkeli
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Kajaani
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Kuopio
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Jyvaskyla
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 7 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Budapest

4
days
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Arboretum Mustila. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santalahti Nature Trail and Stromforsin ruukki. Venture out of the city with trips to Vaaksy Canal (in Asikkala), Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral (in Hamina) and Kotka (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church & Riverside Park). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Hollola and see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo.

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Budapest, Hungary to Kouvola is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Budapest in July, with highs in Kouvola at 24°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Stromforsin ruukki, Loviisan kirkko, Church of Hollola
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Loviisan kirkko ©
Loviisan kirkko

4
days
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God and Joutsenon kirkko. Get some historical perspective at Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Nuijamaa Church. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko.

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Traveling by train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mikkeli.

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#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Theme Parks
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Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

4
days
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get in touch with nature at Hauhalan Hanhifarmi and Neitvuori. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mikkeli Cathedral and Anjan Puisto. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, make a trip to Kenkavero, appreciate the history behind Mannerheim Statue, and get in on the family fun at Visulahti.

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Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Mikkeli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Headquarters Museum ©
Headquarters Museum
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church ©
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

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Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Savonlinna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

3
days
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Honkaniemi Beach and Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden. Get some historical perspective at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and Joensuu Church. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Utra Beach, stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and examine the collection at Carelicum.

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Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Joensuu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Joensuu

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church

2
days
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. On the 11th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Taiga and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wilds Piira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kuhmo trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Joensuu to Kuhmo in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Kuhmo

#Wildlife, #Parks
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

2
days
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 13th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins, pause for some serene contemplation at Kajaani Church, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

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Traveling by car from Kuhmo to Kajaani takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kajaani are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kajaani

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti, Kolovesi National Park
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Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti ©
Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins
Kajaani Church ©
Kajaani Church

4
days
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Valkeisenlampi and Room Escape Games. Visiting Saaristokatu and Snellman Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, browse the different shops at Matkus Shopping Center, and admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kuopio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kajaani to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. In August in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Museums, #Parks, #Fun & Games
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Room Escape Games

3
days
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Alvar Aalto Museum and Nyrolan luontopolku. And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the views from Kuokkalan silta, explore the world behind art at Jyvaskyla Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland).

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kuopio to Jyvaskyla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kuopio in August since evenings lows in Jyvaskyla dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

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#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors
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The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland
Nyrolan luontopolku ©
Nyrolan luontopolku
The Alvar Aalto Museum ©
The Alvar Aalto Museum

7
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Yyteri Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Kurjenrahka National Park and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Haemeenlinna (Sibelius Birthplace, Hame Castle, & more), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) (in Pori). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and steep yourself in history at Hameensilta.

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Getting from Jyvaskyla to Tampere by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Pori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Kurjenrahka National Park, Visavuori
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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