7 days in Lakeland Itinerary

7 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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7 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Newark

2
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 Viikinsaari Island. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary planner .

Newark, USA to Tampere is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in July; daily highs in Tampere reach 70°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then admire the natural beauty at Snellman Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Nature Parks Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola road trip planning site .

Drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 54°F at night. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Trails Nature Wildlife
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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