43 days in Lakeland Itinerary

43 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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43 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly:  7​h
1
Kouvola
— 5 nights
train:  45​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Savonlinna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Joensuu
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Kajaani
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Kuopio
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Tampere
— 6 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
End: Warsaw

5
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Lahti (Motorcycle Museum of Finland, Vesijärvi harbor, & more). Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. Pack the 22nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Tykkimaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Ankkapurha Culture Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Kouvola Model Railroad Museum, and take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kouvola road trip app .

Warsaw, Poland to Kouvola is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Warsaw to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Warsaw in August: high temperatures in Kouvola hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lahti
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Tykkimaki Amusement Park ©
Tykkimaki Amusement Park
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall

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.
Lappeenranta is known for historic sites, nature, museums, theme parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korpikeidas, see the interesting displays at Saimaa Kanal Museum, and get engrossed in the history at South Karelia Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta travel route planner.

You can take a train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

5
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Mikkeli is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, make a trip to Kenkavero, get in on the family fun at Visulahti, and see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli trip planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral
Infantry Museum ©
Infantry Museum

5
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Savonlinna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna day trip tool .

Drive from Mikkeli to Savonlinna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You'll set off for Joensuu on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

4
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Joensuu is known for shopping, museums, parks, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Utransaari/ The Utra Island, explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Joensuu route planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In September in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Kolvananuuro ©
Kolvananuuro
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma

4
nights
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore Kajaani's surroundings by going to Vuokatti (Vuokatinvaara & Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti) and Wild Taiga (in Kuhmo). Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Kolovesi National Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Kajaani Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, pause for some photo ops at Pietari Brahen Patsas, and admire the masterpieces at Kajaani art museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kajaani trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Kajaani takes 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kajaani

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, Kolovesi National Park, Wild Taiga
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Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti ©
Pietari Brahen Patsas ©
Pietari Brahen Patsas
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

4
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kuopio is known for museums, fun & games, nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, and look for gifts at Pikku Pietarin Torikuja.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio tour itinerary tool .

Drive from Kajaani to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Kuopio Art Museum ©
Kuopio Art Museum
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

4
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 21st (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Laajis. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Jyvaskyla Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland), snap pictures at Kuokkalan silta, and see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Kuopio to Jyvaskyla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuopio in September, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Jyvaskyla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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The Alvar Aalto Museum ©
The Alvar Aalto Museum
Viherlandia ©
Viherlandia
Kuokkalan kartano ©
Kuokkalan kartano

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Haemeenlinna (Hame Castle & Aulanko). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stroll through Suolijarvi Beach, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Haemeenlinna
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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