38 days in Lakeland Itinerary

38 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Drive + 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. Visiting Viikinsaari Island and Riihiniemen Uimaranta will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, get your game on at PortaaliVR, and admire the masterpieces at Hiekka Art Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tampere online attractions planner.

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -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
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island

5
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Take a break from the city and head to Nyrolan luontopolku and Laajis. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Saynatsalo Town Hall. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum, examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, take in the views from Kuokkalan silta, and admire the striking features of Kuokkalan kartano.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla tour planning site.

You can take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Jyvaskyla are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Nyrolan luontopolku ©
Nyrolan luontopolku
Room Escape Games
Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum

5
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Puijo Tower and Vainolanniemi. Get outdoors at Saaristokatu and Snellman Park. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, learn about winemaking at Alahovi Berry Wine Farm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Kuopio are -8°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vuokatti.

Things to do in Kuopio

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

1
night
Vuokatti

Vuokatti ©
On the 15th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara, then perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vuokatti itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Vuokatti takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Vuokatti are -9°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Vuokatti

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kuhmo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vuokatti to Kuhmo in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Treetop Adventure Park, then explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, and finally look for gifts at Taitokortteli. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joensuu Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, don't miss a visit to Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), and finally make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Joensuu travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kuhmo to Joensuu takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -8°C in January, and nighttime lows around -14°C. 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

5
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get in touch with nature at Neitvuori and Anjan Puisto. Explore hidden gems such as Kenkavero and Naisvuori Observation Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Savonlinna (Taito Shop Savonlinna, Pikkukirkko, &more). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, don't miss a visit to Mannerheim Statue, and experience rural life at Hauhalan Hanhifarmi.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli trip planner.

Getting from Joensuu to Mikkeli by car takes about 3 hours. January in Mikkeli sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to 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
Anjan Puisto ©
Anjan Puisto

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lappeenranta Fortress and HopLop. The adventure continues: perfect your strike at Lappeenrannan Keilahalli, get engrossed in the history at South Karelia Museum, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

5
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Visiting Mielakka Ski Center and Repovesi National Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Lahti Sports Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Lahti (Vesijärvi harbor, Musical Fountain, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, and explore the galleries of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

Make your Kouvola itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Kouvola, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -11°C at night. 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
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Lahti Sports Center ©
Lahti Sports Center

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