12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
6
Lahti
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Berlin

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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.
Bring the kids along to Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tea Shop Veistrom. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, go for a walk through Finlayson Area, and stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere sightseeing planner.

Berlin, Germany to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. Traveling from Berlin to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

Jyvaskyla

— 1 night
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 25th (Fri), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Jyvaskyla, then examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum, then examine the collection at Toivolan Vanha Piha, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio sightseeing website.

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Kuopio sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then get great views at Rylays Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, then make a trip to Paateri, then see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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 30th (Wed): stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna visit planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lahti.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Lahti

— 1 night
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola, then see the interesting displays at Lahti Ski Museum, then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahti vacation site.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lahti by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Lahti can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31: