8 days in South Karelia Itinerary

8 days in South Karelia Itinerary

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8 days in South Karelia Itinerary

Start: Riga
Drive:  9 h 15 min
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h 45 min
End: Riga


Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Escape the urban bustle at Lammassaari Island and Saimaa Canal. Get some cultural insight at Lappeen Marian kirkko and Church of St. Nicholas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Imatra (Lempukka Beach, Tainionkosken Church, & more). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, brush up on your military savvy at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta online road trip planner .

Riga, Latvia to Lappeenranta is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Riga in October, expect Lappeenranta to be little chillier, temps between 8°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Simpele.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Taipalsaaren kirkko
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Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum


Simpele ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rautjarven kirkko.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Simpele day trip planning app .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Simpele in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Simpele can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Simpele

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ruokolahti, Parikkala
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The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park
Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko
Rautjarven kirkko ©
Rautjarven kirkko