37 days in Lakeland Itinerary

37 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lakeland journey planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 7 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Train
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Lahti
— 5 nights
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Tampere

— 7 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Hameenlinna (Hameenlinna Church, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, &more) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, examine the collection at Moomin Museum, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planning app.

Vienna, Austria to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Tampere is 1 hour. Traveling from Vienna in July, expect Tampere to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 4:

Jyvaskyla

— 4 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Venture out of the city with trips to Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari), Villageshop Veljekset Keskinen (in Tuuri) and Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Finnish Air Force Museum, snap pictures at Karkisten Silta, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, and get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla visit planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:

Kuopio

— 4 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Kuopio side-trips: New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi), Varkaus (Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo & Varkaus Water Tower Terrace) and Orinoro Gorge (in Leppavirta). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, don't miss a visit to Satamankulma, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kuopio trip planning tool.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Jyvaskyla in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kuopio, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:

Koli National Park

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Joensuu (Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, &more). There's much more to do: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Makravaara Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 17:

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 18th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, walk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park, and then make a trip to Rapio Mill.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road, Viewing Platform in Puumala, &more), Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki, get great views at Naisvuori Observation Tower, appreciate the history behind Mannerheim Statue, and make a trip to Pursialan hiidenkirnu.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mikkeli route maker.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

Lappeenranta

— 4 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.
Go for a jaunt from Lappeenranta to Puumala to see Lake Saimaa about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta day trip tool.

Getting from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:

Lahti

— 5 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Get out of town with these interesting Lahti side-trips: Heinolan Vesitorni (in Heinola), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, &more). The adventure continues: get great views at Padasjoen Tuomastornit, walk around Aulanko, examine the collection at Radio and TV Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lahti trip site.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Lahti by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2: