15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Lahti
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Pack the 4th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip itinerary maker.

Charlotte, USA to Tampere is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Tampere is 7 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in December, you will find days in Tampere are much colder (31°F), and nights are a bit cooler (22°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

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Jyvaskyla

Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Toivolan Vanha Piha, then snap pictures at Kuokkalan silta, then learn about all things military at Finnish Air Force Museum, and finally take in the architecture and design of University of Jyvaskyla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tourujoen Luontopolku, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then don't miss a visit to Hoyry Galleria, then snap pictures at Karkisten Silta, and finally examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°F in December, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

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Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°F in December, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

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Koli National Park

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 11th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, and then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Pielinen, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, then make a trip to Paateri, and finally see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

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Joensuu

Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, then look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, and finally make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

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Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Joensuu takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°F in December, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip builder site.

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°F in December, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

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Lahti

Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, take a stroll around Sibelius Hall, then examine the collection at Lahti Ski Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Trio and then glide through natural beauty at Messila Ski Centre.

Discover how to plan a Lahti trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Savonlinna to Lahti in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Lahti can reach 30°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16: