25 days in Lakeland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

25 days in Lakeland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Lahti
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Lahti
— 3 nights
Train
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Turku
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 6 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Kuwait City

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Lahti

— 3 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Explore Lahti's surroundings by going to Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Kouvola (Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Vesijärvi harbor, examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Hollola.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahti day trip planning app.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Lahti is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kuwait City to Lahti, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuwait City in August; daily highs in Lahti reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Lahti

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

Lappeenranta

— 3 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Take a break from Lappeenranta with a short trip to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and relax and rejuvenate at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip planner.

Traveling by train from Lahti to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Koli National Park

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 3rd (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall and then enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio online road trip planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuopio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 4th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna travel site.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 10:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Hameenlinna (Museo Militaria & Hame Castle). There's lots more to do: stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, look for gifts at Hameenkatu, and enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tampere trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:

Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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