31 days in South Karelia Itinerary

31 days in South Karelia Itinerary

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31 days in South Karelia Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Drive:  15​h
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Barcelona


Savitaipale ©
Savitaipale is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the South Karelia region. Get out of town with these interesting Savitaipale side-trips: Taipalsaari (Taipalsaaren kirkko & Haikkaanlahden Hiking Trail). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savitaipale Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Savitaipale road trip app .

Barcelona, Spain to Savitaipale is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Savitaipale is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Barcelona in May, with highs in Savitaipale at 18°C and lows at 6°C. You'll set off for Imatra on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Savitaipale

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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Savitaipale Church ©
Savitaipale Church
Taipalsaaren kirkko ©
Taipalsaaren kirkko


Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lappeenranta Fortress and Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum. Visiting Lammassaari Island and Lempukka Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Imatra side-trips: Lappeenranta (Lappeen Marian kirkko, Saimaa Canal, & more) and Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, look for gifts at Rajamarket, pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, and find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra trip website .

Traveling by car from Savitaipale to Imatra takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Imatra are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Parikkala.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Ruokolahti
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress


Parikkala ©
Take a break from Parikkala with a short trip to Rautjarven kirkko in Simpele, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parikkalan kirkko, and contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Parikkala online road trip planner .

Drive from Imatra to Parikkala in an hour. May in Parikkala sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Parikkala

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Rautjarven kirkko
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The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park
Rautjarven kirkko ©
Rautjarven kirkko
Parikkalan kirkko ©
Parikkalan kirkko