8 days in South Karelia Itinerary

8 days in South Karelia Itinerary

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Lappeenranta ©
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 Lappeenrannan taidemuseo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lappeenranta Fortress and Wolkoff House Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Imatra (Lempukka Beach, Tainionkosken Church, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of South Karelia Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and see the interesting displays at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta online road trip planner.

Riga, Latvia to Lappeenranta is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Riga in October; daily highs in Lappeenranta reach °C and lows reach °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Simpele.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

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Side Trips

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


Simpele ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, make a trip to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, thenpause 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 °C and lows of °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

Side Trips

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