8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 22nd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then identify plant and animal life at Hevoshaan Arboretum, and then take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola holiday builder.

Helsinki to Kouvola is an approximately 1.5- hour train ride. You can also 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 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Hevoshaan Arboretum ©
Hevoshaan Arboretum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Kouvola to Lappeenranta by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Nature Parks
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna route planning website.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

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night
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then take a memorable tour with Treetop Adventure Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Honkaniemi Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Joensuu trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can 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 outdoors at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Joensuu to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In May, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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