8 days in Kuopio, Savonlinna & Puumala Itinerary

8 days in Kuopio, Savonlinna & Puumala Itinerary

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8 days in Kuopio, Savonlinna & Puumala Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Puumala
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Mine Mining Museum and Saaristokatu. Get in touch with nature at Snellman Park and Orinoro Gorge. Get out of town with these interesting Kuopio side-trips: Heinaveden kirkko (in Heinavesi) and Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, and view the masterpieces at G12 Galleria.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kuopio online trip planner .

Helsinki to Kuopio is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Kuopio are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Old Mine Mining Museum, Heinaveden kirkko, Orinoro Gorge
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Kuopio Art Museum ©
Kuopio Art Museum
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
Orinoro Gorge ©
Orinoro Gorge

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Escape the urban bustle at Lammassaari Island and Lempukka Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pikkukirkko and Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Salpa Line (in Kerimaki), Joensuu (Utra Beach & Honkaniemi Beach) and Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip 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 August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Puumala.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Joensuu, Kerimaki, Tohmajarven kirkko, Rautjarven kirkko
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko

1
night
Puumala

Puumala ©
On the 10th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Liehtalanniemen museotila, tour the pleasant surroundings at Puumalan Lake, then learn about all things military at Salpalinjan betonikorsu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Puumala wooden church.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Puumala trip builder site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Puumala in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puumala

Museums Nature Outdoors
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Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Puumala wooden church ©
Puumala wooden church

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