7 days in Lakeland Itinerary

7 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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7 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  12​h
1
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kuopio
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Copenhagen


1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online travel planner .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Savonlinna is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Copenhagen to Savonlinna. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Copenhagen in December; daily highs in Savonlinna reach -1°C and lows reach -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 11th (Tue), see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and finally see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kuopio itinerary planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

2
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 12th (Wed), brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Petajavesi Old Church, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, and finally examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Leivonmaki National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla trip planner .

You can take a train from Kuopio to Jyvaskyla in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Leivonmaki National Park, Petajavesi Old Church
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Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church
The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland
Leivonmaki National Park ©
Leivonmaki National Park

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Tampere City Library, Metso ©
Tampere City Library, Metso

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