11 days in Lakeland Itinerary

11 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
Drive:  2 h
1
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Lahti
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
End: Helsinki

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Hatanpaa Arboretum and Yyteri Beach will get you outdoors. Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Lenin Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Ahtari to see Ahtari Zoo about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere road trip tool.

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2- hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Yyteri Beach, Ahtari Zoo
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Lappeenranta Fortress. Step out of the city life by going to Repovesi National Park and Hevoshaan Arboretum. When in Lappeenranta, make a side trip to see Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area in Kouvola, approximately Kouvola away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, and get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta road trip planning app.

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kouvola
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

2
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, then examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Vaaksy Canal and then learn about winemaking at Pihamaa Estate & Winery.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lahti trip builder site.

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Lahti takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Asikkala, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Vaaksy Canal ©
Vaaksy Canal