13 days in Lakeland Itinerary

13 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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13 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
5
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Zurich

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere itinerary builder tool .

Zurich, Switzerland to Tampere is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zurich in May, with highs in Tampere at 17°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): do a tasting at Ollinmaki Winery, then go for a walk through Neitvuori, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Anttola Church, and finally contemplate the long history of The Astuvansalmi rock paintings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Headquarters Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum, then don't miss a visit to Kenkavero, and finally examine the collection at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mikkeli travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Mikkeli takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anttola, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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Headquarters Museum ©
Headquarters Museum
Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna day trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Mikkeli to Savonlinna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Linnansaari National Park, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

2
nights
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 7th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, stop by Imatran Kalatalo, then stroll through Lempukka Beach, and finally step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Imatra
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then take a stroll through Hamina Old Town.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kouvola trip maker site .

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina Old Town, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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