9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Madrid
Fly + Drive:  12 h 15 min
1
Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Madrid

3
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Repovesi National Park and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Get outdoors at Arboretum Mustila and Vaaksy Canal. Step out of Lahti to go to Mantyharju and see Art Centre Salmela, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, take a leisurely stroll along Vesijärvi harbor, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristinkirkko.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lahti online vacation planner.

Madrid, Spain to Lahti is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Lahti due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Madrid in July, plan for much colder days in Lahti, with highs around 24°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kouvola, Vaaksy Canal, Church of Hollola, Arboretum Mustila, Art Centre Salmela
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online attractions planner.

Drive from Lahti to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna
Savonlinna Market Square ©
Savonlinna Market Square

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at City Sokos and Tallipihan Suklaapuoti. Take a break from the city and head to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, see the interesting displays at National Police Museum, head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Tampere by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island