12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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12 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Paderborn
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Lahti
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Paderborn

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Rauhaniemi Beach and Viikinsaari Island will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Tampere City Library, Metso. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, have some family-friendly fun at Portaali VR, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nasi Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere online trip itinerary builder .

Paderborn, Germany to Tampere is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Paderborn in July, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Tampere. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Spas & Wellness
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 3rd (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, then take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums Nature
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Room Escape Games
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, then look for gifts at Taitokortteli, then don't miss a visit to Joensuu Church, and finally admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Treetop Adventure Park, then explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, then hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Joensuu online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 7th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

3
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and then take in the waterfront at Vesijärvi harbor. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Lahti Sports Center, then examine the collection at Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, and then examine the collection at Museo Militaria.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lahti holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lahti takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Kouvola
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Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria
Vesijärvi harbor ©
Vesijärvi harbor
Lahti Sports Center ©
Lahti Sports Center

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