15 days in Lakeland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Start: Brussels
Fly + Drive:  7 h 45 min
1
Lahti
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Jyvaskyla
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Brussels

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahti online day trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Lahti is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Lahti. In May, daily temperatures in Lahti can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums Historic Sites
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Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Ristinkirkko ©
Ristinkirkko
Lahti Ski Museum ©
Lahti Ski Museum

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta attractions planning site.

Getting from Lahti to Lappeenranta by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lappeenrannan kirkko ©
Lappeenrannan kirkko
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, make a trip to Riihisaari, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums
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Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 2nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik Gard and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kimito Island trip planning app.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kimito Island in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Oro ©
Oro
Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Soderlangvik Gard
Soderlangvik Gard

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 4th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, thenexplore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, thenlearn more about the world around you at Turku Biological Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, thenexplore the galleries of Sibeliusmuseum, thentake an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

Getting from Kimito Island to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Naantali Church
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Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House ©
Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo Militaria and Moomin Museum. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

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You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tampere are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hameenlinna
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Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius ©
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria

3
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at Laajis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Petajavesi Old Church, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Church of Keuruu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Keuruu.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla vacation maker tool.

Getting from Tampere to Jyvaskyla by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Keuruu, Petajavesi Old Church
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Laajis ©
Laajis
Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church
The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland

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