7 days in Lakeland Itinerary

7 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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7 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kuhmo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Joensuu
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Rauhaniemi Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Viikinsaari Island and Spas & Wellness. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampere attractions planning site .

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 4th (Sun), see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio road trip site .

You can take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Kuopio are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Parks Nature
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Room Escape Games
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral

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. On the 6th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuhmo road trip site .

Getting from Kuopio to Kuhmo by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Wildlife Parks
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

1
night
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 7th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Joensuu trip planner .

You can drive from Kuhmo to Joensuu in 3 hours. In August in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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