11 days in Lakeland Itinerary

11 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
5
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Train
6
Lahti
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Edinburgh Airport

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Museo Militaria in Hameenlinna--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, join in the after-dark buzz at Tea Shop Veistrom, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tampere online day trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in November, things will get a bit cooler in Tampere: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 3:

2
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Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 4th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then examine the collection at Kuopion Automuseoon, and finally examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kuopio journey builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

2
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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 6th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, don't miss a visit to Paateri, then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Kuopio to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. December in Koli National Park sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

1
night
Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

1
night
Lappeenranta

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta travel planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. In December in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

1
night
Lahti

Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): ski along the peaceful trails at Messila Ski Centre, examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, and finally take in the waterfront at Vesijärvi harbor.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lahti trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Lahti in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Tours · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10: