16 days in Lakeland Itinerary

16 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lakeland vacation planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
7
Lahti
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Fuerteventura Airport

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Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Pack the 19th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, look for gifts at Tea Shop Veistrom, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Tampere planner.

Corralejo, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Corralejo to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Corralejo in December, expect Tampere to be colder, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Jyvaskyla

— 2 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 22nd (Wed), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Jyvaskyla, then see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum, then see the interesting displays at Toivolan Vanha Piha, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland. On your second day here, stroll through Tourujoen Luontopolku, brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum, then make a trip to Hoyry Galleria, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Old Church of Keuruu.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, then see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kuopio trip planner.

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Kuopio sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park road trip site.

You can drive from Kuopio to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Joensuu

— 1 night
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 29th (Wed), look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, then admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Joensuu day trip tool.

Getting from Koli National Park to Joensuu by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Joensuu are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Lahti

— 2 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 31st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lahti Ski Museum, get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, then examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, and finally examine the collection at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lahti online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lahti takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in Lahti, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1: