15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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15 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Train:  7​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari) and Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna). Next up on the itinerary: laugh and play at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tampere journey maker tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tampere when traveling from Amsterdam in July, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Ahtari Zoo, Hame Castle
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Room Escape Games
Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Orinoro Gorge, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, and finally admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Kuopio sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Orinoro Gorge
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Orinoro Gorge ©
Orinoro Gorge
Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto (in Lieksa) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). There's still lots to do: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Joensuu sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kuopio to Joensuu in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, Linnansaari National Park
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

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 20th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip builder site .

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

4
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Lappeenranta (Lappeenrannan kirkko, Sandcastle Lappeenranta, & more), Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju) and Motorcycle Museum of Finland (in Lahti). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola, and examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola trip planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Motorcycle Museum of Finland, Woikosken Automuseo, Church of Hollola, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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