8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Kouvola
— 1 day
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:  7​h
End: Manchester

1
day
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kouvola day trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Kouvola is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Kouvola. In July, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and finally have fun at HopLop Lappeenranta.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip planner.

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Fun & Games
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planner .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio tour planning app .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
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 still lots to do: stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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