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

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 16th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola attractions planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Kouvola is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in June, expect Kouvola to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature Parks
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park

1
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 17th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Kuopio.

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

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 18th (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, then watch a film at Entertainment Center IsoCee, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuopio sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

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Fun & Games Nightlife Nature
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

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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. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Kuopio to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June in Tampere, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
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Rauhaniemi Beach