9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  9​h
1
Kouvola
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London

1
day
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and then take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola road trip planner.

London, UK to Kouvola is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Kouvola. Traveling from London in January, expect Kouvola to be much colder, temps between -6°C and -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online trip builder .

You can drive from Kouvola to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kouvola in January since evenings lows in Savonlinna dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 9th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach -8°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Nature Parks
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 11th (Fri), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, and finally take in the architecture and design of University of Jyvaskyla.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla trip maker tool .

You can take a train from Kuopio to Jyvaskyla in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Fun & Games
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The Craft Museum of Finland ©
The Craft Museum of Finland
Room Escape Games
University of Jyvaskyla ©
University of Jyvaskyla

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Rauhaniemi Beach and Museo Militaria. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere tour itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Haemeenlinna
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas

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