12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Visavuori and Rauhaniemi Beach. Appreciate the collections at Tampere City Library, Metso and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary maker tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Tampere is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Tampere. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, expect nights in Tampere to be much colder, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Visavuori, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Tampere City Library, Metso ©
Tampere City Library, Metso
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then view the masterpieces at Kuokkalan kartano, then examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla trip planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Shopping
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The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland
Kuokkalan kartano ©
Kuokkalan kartano

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 18th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In July in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

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 19th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then examine the collection at S/S Salama, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
night
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 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church.

For maps and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

3
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Discover out-of-the-way places like Arboretum Mustila and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Museum-lovers will get to explore Lahti Ski Museum and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. Step out of Lahti with an excursion to Museo Militaria in Hameenlinna--about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiikunlahde, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Hollola.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lahti day trip planner.

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Lahti in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Lahti, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Hollola, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, Arboretum Mustila
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Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Lahti Ski Museum ©
Lahti Ski Museum

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