8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Mikkeli
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Hameenlinna
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Portland

1
night
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, then explore the striking landscape at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Neitvuori.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mikkeli online tour planner .

Portland, USA to Mikkeli is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Mikkeli is 10 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Portland in May, with highs in Mikkeli at 60°F and lows at 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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The Astuvansalmi rock paintings ©
The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

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You can take a bus from Mikkeli to Savonlinna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lappeenrannan kirkko ©
Lappeenrannan kirkko
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

3
nights
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Birthplace of Jean Sibelius and Visavuori. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Hollola and The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Get out of town with these interesting Hameenlinna side-trips: The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo) (in Kangasala) and Tampere (Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas & Finlayson Church).

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hameenlinna trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Hameenlinna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Hameenlinna are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tampere, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Visavuori, Church of Hollola
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Birthplace of Jean Sibelius ©
Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
Church of Hollola ©
Church of Hollola
Finlayson Church ©
Finlayson Church

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