7 days in Lakeland, Central Finland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

7 days in Lakeland, Central Finland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Petajavesi
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Turku
— 1 night
Fly
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Lahti
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Buffalo

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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): examine the collection at Sara Hilden Art Museum, then examine the collection at Moomin Museum, and then look for gifts at Hameenkatu.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip builder site.

Buffalo, USA to Tampere is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to Tampere is 7 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Buffalo in January, with highs in Tampere at 23°F and lows at 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Petajavesi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Spas · Shopping · Outdoors
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Petajavesi

— 1 night
Petäjävesi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Western Finland, next to Jyväskylä and is part of the Central Finland region. On the 5th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Old Church of Keuruu and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Petajavesi Old Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Petajavesi trip maker website.

Getting from Tampere to Petajavesi by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 20°F, and evening lows to 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Petajavesi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Petajavesi to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. In January in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 20°F during the day and 9°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Turku online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, things will get a bit warmer in Turku: highs are around 27°F and lows about 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly to Lahti.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Outdoors
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Lahti

— 1 night
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at Lahti Ski Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lahti trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Lahti takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Turku in January, you will find days in Lahti are slightly colder (22°F), and nights are about the same (13°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums
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Central Finland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Room Escape Games
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia

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Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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