8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Start: Shanghai
Fly + Drive:  16 h 45 min
1
Kouvola
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Shanghai

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola trip itinerary planner.

Shanghai, China to Kouvola is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Shanghai to Kouvola is minus 6 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Shanghai in September; daily highs in Kouvola reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the 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 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta route builder app.

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Nature Parks
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

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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 19th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 20th (Fri), explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kuopio travel planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

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

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 21st (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and then let little ones run wild at Duck Park (Sorsapuisto). Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tampere driving holiday planning app.

Take a train from Kuopio to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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