8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Kouvola
— 1 night
train:  45​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola trip app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Kouvola is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in August, expect nights in Kouvola to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Nature, #Parks
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, and finally explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip planning site .

Getting from Kouvola to Lappeenranta by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

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

1
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 22nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, then ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kuopio trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Museums, #Fun & Games, #Historic Sites
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Kuopio Art Museum ©
Kuopio Art Museum
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere journey maker .

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Theme Parks
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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