11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
2
Joensuu
— 2 nights
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
4
Tampere
— 3 nights

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Kotka (Maretarium, Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sammonlahden Church.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta day trip planning tool.

Helsinki to Lappeenranta is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. August in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kotka, Imatra, Repovesi National Park
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, thenlook for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, thensee the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, and finally make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, thenadmire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Valamo Monastery.

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Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Joensuu takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Joensuu

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

New Valamo Monastery
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New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 9th (Fri), examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park, and then take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, thentake an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip maker website.

Drive from Joensuu to Kouvola in 4 hours. August in Kouvola sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Woikosken Automuseo
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 11th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, thenexamine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, thentake in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Haralanharju Tower
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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower