14 days in Lakeland Itinerary

14 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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14 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Stuttgart
Fly + Train:  6​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Rautavaara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Joensuu
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Stuttgart

4
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 Duck Park (Sorsapuisto). You'll get in some beach time at Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Hame Castle in Hameenlinna, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planning website .

Stuttgart, Germany to Tampere is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stuttgart to Tampere. In August, Tampere is a bit cooler than Stuttgart - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rautavaara.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Haralanharju Tower, Hame Castle
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

1
night
Rautavaara

Rautavaara ©
Rautavaara is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Northern Savonia region. On the 21st (Wed), stroll through Venajanhiekka.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rautavaara trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Tampere to Rautavaara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. August in Rautavaara sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Rautavaara

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka

4
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Visiting Ukko-Koli Hill and Paha-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Utra Beach and Honkaniemi Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Puijo Tower (in Kuopio) and Savonlinna (Olavinlinna Castle & Riihisaari). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Akka-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, steep yourself in history at Uhrihalkeama, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rautavaara to Joensuu takes 2 hours. August in Joensuu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Savonlinna, Puijo Tower
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

4
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Repovesi National Park and Saimaa Canal. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju), Motorcycle Museum of Finland (in Lahti) and Lappeenranta (Lappeenranta Fortress & Sandcastle Lappeenranta). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kouvola trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Joensuu to Kouvola by car takes about 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Mikkeli Cathedral, Motorcycle Museum of Finland, Arboretum Mustila, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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