29 days in Lakeland Itinerary

29 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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29 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Kouvola
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mikkeli
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Kajaani
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kuopio
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
9
Tampere
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Berlin

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and Vesijärvi harbor. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Lahti (Ristinkirkko & Pikku Vesijarvi). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Ristin kirkko and have fun and explore at Kouvola Model Railroad Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip maker website .

Berlin, Germany to Kouvola is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Berlin to Kouvola, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lahti
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Ristinkirkko ©
Ristinkirkko
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

4
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get outdoors at Saimaa Canal and Korpikeidas. Get some historical perspective at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God and Joutsenon kirkko. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta tour planner .

Getting from Kouvola to Lappeenranta by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Theme Parks
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Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko

3
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Hauhalan Hanhifarmi and Anjan Puisto. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mikkeli Cathedral and Neitvuori. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, see the interesting displays at Headquarters Museum, pause for some photo ops at Mannerheim Statue, and stop by Mikkeli Market Place.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mikkeli planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Infantry Museum ©
Infantry Museum
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church ©
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online route builder .

Drive from Mikkeli to Savonlinna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Popular historic sites such as Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and Joensuu Church are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Honkaniemi Beach and Utra Beach. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, head outdoors with Utransaari/ The Utra Island, make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and glide through natural beauty at Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip itinerary site .

Drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Joensuu

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Shopping
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Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church

2
nights
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Taiga and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wilds Piira. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuhmo road trip planner.

Drive from Joensuu to Kuhmo in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Kuhmo

#Parks, #Wildlife
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

2
nights
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 18th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kajaani Church, explore the world behind art at Kajaani art museum, then step into the grandiose world of Kajaani Castle ruins, then get great views at Vuokatinvaara, and finally enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kajaani journey maker .

Drive from Kuhmo to Kajaani in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kajaani are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kajaani

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Kolovesi National Park
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Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins
Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

4
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Get outdoors at Valkeisenlampi and Saaristokatu. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Nikolaos Cathedral and Lutheran Cathedral. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, and browse the different shops at Matkus Shopping Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio tour app .

Getting from Kajaani to Kuopio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Parks, #Museums, #Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Room Escape Games

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 Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. Get some historical perspective at Sibelius Birthplace and Tampere Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Haemeenlinna (Museo Militaria & Hame Castle). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planner.

Take a train from Kuopio to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Haemeenlinna
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island

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