15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lahti
— 2 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
4
Joensuu
— 2 nights
5
Kuhmo
— 1 night
6
Kuopio
— 3 nights
7
Tampere
— 3 nights

2
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 22nd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Radio and TV Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, enjoy some diversion at Laune Central Park, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Hohtokeila Lahti.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahti journey maker.

Helsinki to Lahti is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Lahti at -1°C and lows at -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Arboretum Mustila, Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Hohtokeila Lahti ©
Hohtokeila Lahti

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): head off the coast to Lammassaari Island and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum. On your second day here, get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at De tre korsens kyrka, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Lahti to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
De tre korsens kyrka ©
De tre korsens kyrka

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 27th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 28th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Taitokortteli. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, take a memorable tour with Treetop Adventure Park, trek along Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Joensuu trip maker tool.

Drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors · Parks · Museums
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Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni ©
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni

1
night
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuhmo trip planner.

Drive from Joensuu to Kuhmo in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Parks · Wildlife
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Get in touch with nature at Snellman Park and Valkeisenlampi. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland. The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, browse the different shops at Matkus Shopping Center, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

Plan my day in Kuopio using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kuhmo to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kuopio are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Fun & Games · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Room Escape Games
Snellman Park
Snellman Park

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rauhaniemi Beach and Tampere City Library, Metso. Bring the kids along to The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and Viikinsaari Island. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at PortaaliVR, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, admire the landmark architecture of Aleksanterin Kirkko, and let little ones run wild at Duck Park (Sorsapuisto).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kuopio to Tampere in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Visavuori, The Parola Armour Museum
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The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island

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