8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

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Helsinki to Kouvola is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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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 27th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and finally see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

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Traveling by train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 28th (Tue), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

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You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 29th (Wed), examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach, then stroll through Honkaniemi Beach, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market).

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Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In May in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Joensuu

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get in touch with nature at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Get a sense of the local culture at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampere Cathedral. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus and enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Tampere takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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