12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Kouvola
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mikkeli
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kuhmo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Kuopio
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brussels

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Main Church.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola day trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Kouvola is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Kouvola is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum ©
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum

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night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
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 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, see the interesting displays at Saimaa Kanal Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko, then get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta route website .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo ©
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

1
night
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Headquarters Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, admire the masterpieces at Mikkelin Taidemuseo, then examine the collection at Infantry Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kenkavero.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mikkeli tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Mikkeli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 29 — 30:
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Infantry Museum ©
Infantry Museum
Headquarters Museum ©
Headquarters Museum
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 31st (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, then steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna attractions app .

You can drive from Mikkeli to Savonlinna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay May 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

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night
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, and finally look for gifts at Taitokortteli.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Joensuu trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Joensuu takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni ©
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko

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night
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Taiga and then look for all kinds of wild species at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kuhmo online journey planner .

You can drive from Joensuu to Kuhmo in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

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nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, have fun at Vainolanniemi, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall. On the next day, see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio tour planner .

You can drive from Kuhmo to Kuopio in 3 hours. June in Kuopio sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Parks
Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

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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 5th (Wed): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the exciting artwork at Kuokkalan kartano, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maki-Matin perhepuisto, and finally examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Jyvaskyla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Kuopio in June, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Jyvaskyla. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Kuokkalan kartano ©
Kuokkalan kartano
The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland
Room Escape Games

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, examine the collection at Tampere Mineral Museum, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and finally see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Maltinranta Artcenter, take an in-depth tour of Milavida Museo, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then see the interesting displays at National Police Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Tampere City Library, Metso ©
Tampere City Library, Metso
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
National Police Museum ©
National Police Museum

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