8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Kouvola
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Escape the urban bustle at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Hame Castle in Haemeenlinna (about 1h 15 min away). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the views from Hameensilta, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere visit planning site .

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. October in Tampere sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

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Hame Castle
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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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. In October, daytime highs in Kuopio are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
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Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna journey maker tool .

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 October, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kouvola are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature Parks
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park

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