15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lakeland tour itinerary planner

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Lahti
— 2 nights
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
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Joensuu
— 2 nights
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Kuhmo
— 1 night
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Kuopio
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 3 nights
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Lahti

— 2 nights
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, ski along the peaceful trails at Messila Ski Centre, 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 car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; 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 · Tours · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

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, pause for some serene contemplation at 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 drive from Lahti to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or 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 · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at 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 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or 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 · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Joensuu

— 2 nights
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 pause for some serene contemplation at Joensuu Church, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Taitokortteli. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, get outside with Treetop Adventure Park, ski along the peaceful trails at Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally take in the architecture and 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. Alternatively, you can drive. 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

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Kuhmo

— 1 night
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): stroll through 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
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Kuopio

— 3 nights
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. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, and browse the different shops at Matkus Shopping Center.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio trip app.

Drive from Kuhmo to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. December in Kuopio sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

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 Spas & Wellness and Finlayson Church. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, let little ones run wild at Duck Park (Sorsapuisto), step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, and have some family-friendly fun at PortaaliVR.

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 drive; or 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 · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5: