24 days in Lakeland Itinerary

24 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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24 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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. Escape the urban bustle at Valkeisenlampi and Snellman Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Kuopion Korttelimuseo. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, have fun at Vainolanniemi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio road trip app .

Jyvaskyla to Kuopio is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Parks
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 11th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), then admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally look for gifts at Taitokortteli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, then admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, and finally find something for the whole family at Treetop Adventure Park.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Joensuu day trip planning site .

Drive from Kuopio to Joensuu in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Taitokortteli ©
Taitokortteli
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip tool .

Getting from Joensuu to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko, get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at HopLop Lappeenranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, see the interesting displays at Saimaa Kanal Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and The Sippola church. Get a sense of the local culture at Ankkapurha Culture Park and Kouvola Tube Radio Museum. On the 17th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mielakka Ski Center. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, and take in the history at Utti Fort.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Ankkapurha Culture Park
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

3
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get outdoors at Anjan Puisto and Neitvuori. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mikkeli Cathedral and Infantry Museum. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Headquarters Museum, admire the masterpieces at Mikkelin Taidemuseo, don't miss a visit to Mannerheim Statue, and explore and take pictures at Hauhalan Hanhifarmi.

Plan a trip to Mikkeli easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Kouvola to Mikkeli by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. May in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Visit Finlayson Church and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Haemeenlinna (Museo Militaria, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, & more) and Lahti (Vesijärvi harbor & Lahti Sports Center). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, get engrossed in the history at Milavida Museo, admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter, and examine the collection at Tampere Mineral Museum.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner .

You can drive from Mikkeli to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Natural History Museum of Central Finland and Kuokkalan kartano. Get a sense of the local culture at The Craft Museum of Finland and Jyvaskyla Art Museum. On the 31st (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Laajis. There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, snap pictures at Kuokkalan silta, get engrossed in the history at Finnish Air Force Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maki-Matin perhepuisto.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla trip app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Tours Adventure
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Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum
The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland

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