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 22nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila and then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip maker site .

Helsinki to Kouvola is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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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 24th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, and finally explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lappeenranta tour planner.

You can take a train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Parks Nature
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

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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 25th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna journey planning website .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 26th (Sun), examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, find something for the whole family at Treetop Adventure Park, then stroll through Honkaniemi Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Joensuu road trip planning app .

Drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Joensuu are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma
Kauppakeskus Iso Myy ©
Kauppakeskus Iso Myy

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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 Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Get a sense of the local culture at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampere Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Tampere. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus