9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Drive:  9 h
1
Lahti
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Tampere
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  8 h
End: Barcelona

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall, then take in the waterfront at Vesijärvi harbor, and finally see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lahti trip itinerary planning site.

Barcelona, Spain to Lahti is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in August, with highs in Lahti at 23°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Lahti

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Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Vesijärvi harbor ©
Vesijärvi harbor
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall

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Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta online trip planner.

You can take a train from Lahti to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Historic Sites
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Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Bring the kids along to Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Rauhaniemi Beach. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere holiday planner.

Take a train from Kuopio to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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