11 days in Lakeland Itinerary

11 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lakeland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ahtari
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Brussels

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Bring the kids along to Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Vapriikin Museokeskus. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip site.

Brussels, Belgium to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ahtari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 5:

Ahtari

— 1 night
Ähtäri is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the Southern Ostrobothnia region. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): browse the different shops at Villageshop Veljekset Keskinen and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ahtari Zoo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ahtari route planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Ahtari in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Ahtari

Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Puijo Tower.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kuopio travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ahtari to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

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 (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and then step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta travel planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 11th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and then find something for the whole family at Tykkimaki Amusement Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola vacation planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Kouvola by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12: