15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  13​h
1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Madrid


2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Escape the urban bustle at Arboretum Mustila and Hiidenvuori. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, & more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola itinerary planning app .

Madrid, Spain to Kouvola is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Kouvola. While traveling from Madrid, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Kouvola, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, tour the pleasant surroundings at Malonsaari, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip builder app .

Take a train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Imatra
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Step out of the city life by going to Linnansaari National Park and Punkaharju Ridge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kolovesi National Park and Siikalahti Wetland. Change things up with a short trip to The Parikkala Sculpture Park in Parikkala (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle and pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parikkala, Kolovesi National Park, Punkaharju Ridge, Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pielinen and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Step out of the city life by going to Akka-Koli Hill and Treetop Adventure Park. Explore Joensuu's surroundings by going to Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Paha-Koli Hill (in Koli National Park).

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Joensuu journey planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Koli Shop Retkitupa ©
Koli Shop Retkitupa

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Hatanpaa Arboretum and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Get outdoors at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

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You can drive from Joensuu to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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