38 days in Lakeland Itinerary

38 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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38 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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

8
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rauhaniemi Beach and Museo Militaria. Escape the urban bustle at Ahvenisto Activity Park and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Haemeenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, Evo Hiking Area, & more). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at National Police Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Milavida Museo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere itinerary planner .

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from London in December, expect Tampere to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Hameenlinna
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area
Portaali VR ©
Portaali VR

5
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Natural History Museum of Central Finland. Get outdoors at Laajis and Nyrolan luontopolku. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, take in the views from Kuokkalan silta, make a trip to Saynatsalo Town Hall, and take in the pleasant sights at Tourujoen luontopolku.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Jyvaskyla are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Outdoors Museums Adventure
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Laajis ©
Laajis
Room Escape Games
Nyrolan luontopolku ©
Nyrolan luontopolku

5
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Kuopion Korttelimuseo. Step out of the city life by going to Valkeisenlampi and Konttila. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, don't miss a visit to Satamankulma, admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, and get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In January in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -8°C during the day and -14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Vuokatti.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo

1
night
Vuokatti

Vuokatti ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get great views at Vuokatinvaara, then perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vuokatti journey builder site .

Getting from Kuopio to Vuokatti by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Vuokatti can reach -9°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Vuokatti

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

1
night
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
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 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

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You can drive from Vuokatti to Kuhmo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Wildlife Parks
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): laugh and play at Treetop Adventure Park, then admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, and finally look for gifts at Taitokortteli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, then hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), and finally make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

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You can drive from Kuhmo to Joensuu in 3 hours. January in Joensuu sees daily highs of -8°C and lows of -14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni ©
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko

5
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get in touch with nature at Anjan Puisto and Hauhalan Hanhifarmi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Savonlinna Provincial Museum and Kenkavero. Explore Mikkeli's surroundings by going to Savonlinna (Taito Shop Savonlinna, Pikkukirkko, & more). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Naisvuori Observation Tower, admire the masterpieces at Mikkelin Taidemuseo, and go for a walk through Neitvuori.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mikkeli trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Mikkeli takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Savonlinna
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Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

5
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 Korpikeidas and Saimaa Canal. Step off the beaten path and head to Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God and HopLop Lappeenranta. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, stop by MyGoodKnife, and see the interesting displays at Saimaa Kanal Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta tour itinerary website .

Drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Lappeenrannan taidemuseo ©
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
HopLop ©
HopLop

5
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Mielakka Ski Center and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Step out of the city life by going to Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Lahti (Vesijärvi harbor, Lahti Sports Center, & more). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Ristin kirkko and examine the collection at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow 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
Lahti Sports Center ©
Lahti Sports Center
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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