12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Lahti
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brussels

2
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lahti trip planning website .

Brussels, Belgium to Lahti is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Brussels to Lahti, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Lahti

#Parks, #Nature, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Repovesi National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Lahti Sports Center ©
Lahti Sports Center

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 2nd (Tue), make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally explore the activities along Saimaa Canal. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korpikeidas and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta vacation planner .

Getting from Lahti to Lappeenranta by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Outdoors
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

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 4th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna online route planner .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Kuopio holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Fun & Games, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland, admire the masterpieces at Jyvaskyla Art Museum, then stop by Punnitse & Saasta, then see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland).

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla trip builder site .

You can take a train from Kuopio to Jyvaskyla in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

#Museums, #Shopping
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The Alvar Aalto Museum ©
The Alvar Aalto Museum
The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland
Punnitse & Saasta ©
Punnitse & Saasta

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
When in Tampere, make a side trip to see Hame Castle in Haemeenlinna, approximately 1h 15 min away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and examine the collection at Spy Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip planning website .

Take a train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Hame Castle
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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