24 days in Lakeland Itinerary

24 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Jyvaskyla
Train:  1 h 45 min
1
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
6
Mikkeli
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Tampere
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
End: Jyvaskyla

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Nikolaos Cathedral and Lutheran Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Snellman Park and Valkeisenlampi. The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor, make a trip to Satamankulma, and explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip builder tool.

Jyvaskyla to Kuopio is an approximately 2- hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Nature
Find places to stay May 8 — 10:
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
St. Nikolaos Cathedral ©
St. Nikolaos Cathedral
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), then take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally stop by Taitokortteli. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, then admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, and finally whizz through the canopy at Treetop Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Joensuu holiday builder site.

Getting from Kuopio to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Joensuu to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

2
nights
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 14th (Tue), look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko, get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at HopLop, pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, then examine the collection at Saimaa Kanal Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lappeenranta online visit planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Popular historic sites such as World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and The Sippola church are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Mielakka Ski Center. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, and witness the site of a historic battle at Utti Fort.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola route maker website.

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kouvola

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko
The Sippola church ©
The Sippola church

3
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Visit Mikkeli Cathedral and Mikkeli Rural Parish Church for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Kenkavero and Headquarters Museum. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Neitvuori, see the interesting displays at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car, get outside with Anjan Puisto, and experience rural life at Hauhalan Hanhifarmi.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mikkeli online journey planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Mikkeli by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Outdoors Wildlife
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Headquarters Museum ©
Headquarters Museum
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church ©
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get in touch with nature at Rauhaniemi Beach and Linna Golf & Country Club. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Militaria and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Hameenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, Evo Hiking Area, &more) and Lahti (Vesijärvi harbor & Lahti Sports Center). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and explore the world behind art at Maltinranta Artcenter.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Tampere fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Lahti
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria

4
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Get some cultural insight at Finnish Air Force Museum and Natural History Museum of Central Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and The Craft Museum of Finland. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Laajis, admire the masterpieces at Jyvaskyla Art Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Tourujoen Luontopolku, and take in the waterfront at Jyvaskylan Harbour.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla route planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Jyvaskyla sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay May 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum
The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland
Natural History Museum of Central Finland ©
Natural History Museum of Central Finland

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