9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lakeland trip maker

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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Rantasalmi
— 1 night
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3
Koli National Park
— 1 night
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
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Suomussalmi
— 1 night
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Juuma
— 1 night
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Helsinki

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Rauhaniemi Beach and Torronsuo National Park will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Hameenkatu. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Suomen Pelimuseo, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary planning tool.

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Rantasalmi

— 1 night
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rantasalmi trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Tampere to Rantasalmi in 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rantasalmi are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Parks · Nature
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Koli National Park

— 1 night
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Paha-Koli Hill and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Koli National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Rantasalmi to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In October in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:

Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Hiidenportti National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiukka and then head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sotkamo attractions planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Sotkamo in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Suomussalmi

— 1 night
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hossa National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Suomussalmi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Suomussalmi takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Juuma.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks · Nature
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Juuma

— 1 night
On the 24th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Juuma trip builder app.

Drive from Suomussalmi to Juuma in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Juuma

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
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