35 days in Lakeland Itinerary

35 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Lahti
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Lahti
— 4 nights
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Juuma
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Juuma
— 1 night
Drive
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Suomussalmi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuhmo
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 7 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Linton

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Lahti

— 4 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mikkeli Cathedral and Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo. Take a break from the city and head to Arboretum Mustila and Vaaksy Canal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahti: Art Centre Salmela (in Mantyharju), Communications Centre Lokki (in Mikkeli) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Radio and TV Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lahti road trip planning tool.

Linton, UK to Lahti is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Linton to Lahti due to the time zone difference. In December, Lahti is little chillier than Linton - with highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Juuma.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Juuma

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Juuma tour planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lahti to Juuma. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lahti in January: high temperatures in Juuma hover around -11°C and lows are around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Juuma

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Suomussalmi

— 2 nights
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre and then get engrossed in the history at Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hossa National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Suomussalmi day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Juuma to Suomussalmi takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Kuhmo

— 1 night
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Boreal Wildlife Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Kuhmo holiday planning app.

You can drive from Suomussalmi to Kuhmo in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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Koli National Park

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Hiidenportti National Park. Get in touch with nature at Ukko-Koli and Pielinen. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kuhmo to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In January in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between -9°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:

Joensuu

— 3 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parppeinvaaran Runokyla and Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma. Get a sense of the local culture at Mohko Ironworks Museum and Joensuu Church. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), and explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Joensuu trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Joensuu takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Joensuu are -8°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. In January in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Kuopio

— 4 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo and RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Orinoro Gorge and Valkeisenlampi. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio route builder.

Getting from Savonlinna to Kuopio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -8°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 21:

Jyvaskyla

— 4 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Get some cultural insight at Toivolan Vanha Piha and The Craft Museum of Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pyha-Hakki National Park and Natural History Museum of Central Finland. Explore Jyvaskyla's surroundings by going to Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Oravivuori Triangulation Tower (in Korpilahti). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla vacation website.

You can drive from Kuopio to Jyvaskyla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

Tampere

— 7 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and Vanha Kirkko. Venture out of the city with trips to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Vankilamuseo (in Hameenlinna). There's lots more to do: stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and take an in-depth tour of Milavida Museo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — Feb 1: