8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
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
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

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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: get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hevoshaan Arboretum, and then take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kouvola vacation maker tool .

Helsinki to Kouvola is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. May in Kouvola sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the 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 ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, and finally explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta road trip planning app .

Getting from Kouvola to Lappeenranta by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Nature Parks
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
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 25th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 25th (Sat) to allow time to 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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then find something for the whole family at Treetop Adventure Park, then kick back and relax at Honkaniemi Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Joensuu online vacation planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampere Cathedral. Relax by the water at Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tampere itinerary planner .

Getting from Joensuu to Tampere by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 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 Theme Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus