15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Lahti
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Kuhmo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Helsinki

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), take some stellar pictures from Radio and TV Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, then have fun at Laune Central Park, and then enjoy some diversion at Hohtokeila Lahti.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lahti trip planner .

Helsinki to Lahti is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Lahti reach -1°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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 25th (Tue), step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, then pause for some serene contemplation at De tre korsens kyrka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip planner .

Getting from Lahti to Lappeenranta by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 27th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, and finally appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna road trip site .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, then don't miss a visit to Joensuu Church, and finally stop by Taitokortteli. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, find something for the whole family at Treetop Adventure Park, then glide through natural beauty at Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Joensuu tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Savonlinna to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Museums
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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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kuhmo itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Joensuu to Kuhmo in 3 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 is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Valkeisenlampi. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, admire the natural beauty at Snellman Park, have fun at Vainolanniemi, and explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio route planner .

You can drive from Kuhmo to Kuopio in 3 hours. December in Kuopio sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Nature
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Room Escape Games
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get outdoors at Rauhaniemi Beach and Viikinsaari Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parola Tank Museum and The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Valkeakoski to see Visavuori about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Portaali VR, see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, admire the striking features of Aleksanterin Kirkko, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere travel route planner.

You can take a train from Kuopio to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Visavuori, Parola Tank Museum
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Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island

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