31 days in Lakeland Itinerary

31 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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31 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Marmaris
+4
ferry + foot + bus + Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mikkeli
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
7
Kouvola
— 8 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Marmaris

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Hame Castle in Haemeenlinna, about 1h 15 min away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, explore the world behind art at Tampere Art Museum, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and make a trip to Nasinneula Tower.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere travel route planning website .

Marmaris, Turkey to Tampere is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of ferry, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In November, Tampere is cooler than Marmaris - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Hame Castle
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

4
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kuopio is known for museums, fun & games, nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tampere to Kuopio by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Joensuu is known for shopping, parks, museums, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, get outside with Utransaari/ The Utra Island, find something for the whole family at Treetop Adventure Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Joensuu online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Joensuu are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors Shopping Museums
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Taitokortteli ©
Taitokortteli
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla

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 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

4
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Mikkeli: Jyvaskyla (Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland), The Alvar Aalto Museum, & more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Pursialan hiidenkirnu, brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki, and stop by Akseli.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli trip planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trip

Jyvaskyla
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The Alvar Aalto Museum ©
The Alvar Aalto Museum
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

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.
Lappeenranta is known for historic sites, museums, nature, theme parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, browse the range of quality goods at Prisma, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and stop by Souvenirs World.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Shopping Parks Museums
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MyGoodKnife ©
MyGoodKnife
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

8
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Lahti (Motorcycle Museum of Finland, Vesijärvi harbor, & more). Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. On the 28th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mielakka Ski Center. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Tykkimaki Amusement Park, take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, look for gifts at Poikilo - Museums, and delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kouvola driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lahti
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland

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