8 days in South Karelia Itinerary

8 days in South Karelia Itinerary

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8 days in South Karelia Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Drive:  5​h 15​min
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: St. Petersburg


Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Imatra (Karelian Farmhouse Open Air Museum, Lammassaari Island, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, stop by Rajamarket, and find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Lappeenranta is an approximately 3-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Parikkala.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress


Parikkala ©
Parikkala is a municipality of Finland located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the South Karelia region. On the 30th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Siikalahti Wetland, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parikkalan kirkko, and then make a trip to The Parikkala Sculpture Park.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Parikkala trip planning app .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Parikkala in 1.5 hours. In May in Parikkala, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Parikkala

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park
Parikkalan kirkko ©
Parikkalan kirkko