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
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hevoshaan Arboretum, steep yourself in history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and then hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola travel itinerary planner .

Helsinki to Kouvola is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. October in Kouvola sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough 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 ©
Hevoshaan Arboretum ©
Hevoshaan Arboretum

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.
On the 8th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

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

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip planning website .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then learn about all things military at Finnish Air Force Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla route planner .

Drive from Savonlinna to Jyvaskyla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums
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The Alvar Aalto Museum ©
The Alvar Aalto Museum
Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampere Art Museum. Vapriikin Museokeskus and Lenin Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and see the interesting displays at Spy Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary maker site .

Take a train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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