12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lakeland travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Train
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Kuopio
— 1 night
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Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will enjoy Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Hameenlinna (Museo Militaria & Hame Castle). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere day trip app.

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 11°C in Tampere. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

Lappeenranta

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Repovesi National Park and Lappeen Marian kirkko will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill (in Kouvola) and Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta holiday planning website.

You can take a train from Tampere to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, then stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, then hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and finally hike along Paha-Koli Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, then make a trip to Paateri, then hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 1st (Wed), make a trip to Kuopio Harbor, contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. August in Kuopio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuopio

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1: