9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

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9 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  14​h
1
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h
End: Geneva

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 20th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna travel planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Savonlinna is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Geneva to Savonlinna, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Geneva in May, expect Savonlinna to be little chillier, temps between 17°C and 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Market Square ©
Savonlinna Market Square

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Carelicum, don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, then admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, and finally look for gifts at Taitokortteli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then take a stroll through Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), and then explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Joensuu road trip site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Joensuu in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Joensuu are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Joensuu

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Taitokortteli ©
Taitokortteli
Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market) ©
Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market)

2
nights
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Taiga and then identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kuhmo tour itinerary site .

Drive from Joensuu to Kuhmo in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Parks Wildlife
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 24th (Thu), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, and then immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio holiday builder site .

You can drive from Kuhmo to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. May in Kuopio sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Museums Nature
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Room Escape Games
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, then take in the views from Hameensilta, then let the kids burn off some steam at Duck Park (Sorsapuisto), and finally examine the collection at Moomin Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere itinerary planner .

Getting from Kuopio to Tampere by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island
Spas & Wellness

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