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. Get outdoors at Repovesi National Park and Riverside Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arboretum Mustila and Hiidenvuori. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail & Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kouvola trip itinerary tool .

Madrid, Spain to Kouvola is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Madrid in August: highs in Kouvola hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough 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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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 13th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, then head off the coast to Malonsaari, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta online holiday builder .

Getting from Kouvola to Lappeenranta by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Linnansaari National Park and The Parikkala Sculpture Park. Escape the urban bustle at Kolovesi National Park and Punkaharju Ridge. Take a break from Savonlinna with a short trip to Siikalahti Wetland in Parikkala, about 56 minutes away. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko and step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Pielinen and Paha-Koli Hill. Escape the urban bustle at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Akka-Koli Hill. It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Treetop Adventure Park and pause for some serene contemplation at Joensuu Church.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Joensuu trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Haemeenlinna to see Evo Hiking Area about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Evo Hiking Area, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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