10 days in Lakeland Itinerary

10 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tallinn
Fly + Train:  4 h
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
5
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
6
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Tallinn

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and see the interesting displays at Lenin Museum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary planning tool.

Tallinn, Estonia to Tampere is an approximately 4- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, then see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Kuopio sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Parks Nature
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RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna tour itinerary website.

Drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 7th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip maker website.

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kouvola are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
On the 8th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, then make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market). On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, then trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and finally trek along Paha-Koli Hill.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Joensuu, Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill