8 days in South Karelia Itinerary

8 days in South Karelia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock South Karelia trip planner

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Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
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Simpele
— 2 nights
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Lappeenranta

— 5 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Explore hidden gems such as Lappeen Marian kirkko and South Karelia Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lappeenranta Fortress and Lappeenrannan taidemuseo. Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Imatra (Lempukka Beach, Tainionkosken Church, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and get engrossed in the history at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta planner.

Riga, Latvia to Lappeenranta is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Riga in October; daily highs in Lappeenranta reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Simpele.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 12:

Simpele

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, make a trip to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rautjarven kirkko.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Simpele online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Simpele takes an hour. October in Simpele sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Simpele

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

South Karelia travel guide

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Waterfalls · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
South Karelia is a region of Finland. It borders the regions of Kymenlaakso, Southern Savonia and North Karelia, as well as Russia.Historical provinceFor history, geography and culture see: Finnish KareliaRegional CouncilThe Regional Council of South Karelia is a joint municipal authority of nine member municipalities. The Council operates as the authority for regional development and unit for regional planning and looks after regional interests and to promote economic development and cultural well-being in South Karelia. The Council has a statutory responsibility for regional development and planning.The EU’s regional Objective Programmes for South Karelia have partly been prepared in the Council as it also implements and coordinates various projects. The Council is also represented in several international organisations, such as AEBR.MunicipalitiesThe region of South Karelia is made up of nine municipalities, of which two have city status (marked in bold).Imatra Sub-region: Imatra (28,219)Parikkala (5,509)Rautjärvi (3,682)Ruokolahti (5,507) Lappeenranta Sub-region: Lappeenranta (72,658)Lemi (3,130)Luumäki (4,992)Savitaipale (3,729)Taipalsaari (4,826)

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