18 days in Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

18 days in Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kotka
— 3 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
4
Kuopio
— 2 nights
5
Oulu
— 2 nights
6
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
7
Turku
— 3 nights
8
Tampere
— 4 nights

3
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Go for a jaunt from Kotka to Kouvola to see Repovesi National Park about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around Sapokka Water Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka online travel route planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Kotka is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Kotka. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Repovesi National Park
Highlights from your plan
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, thenexplore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lappeenranta trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Kotka to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

1
night
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 (Sat): make a trip to Pikkukirkko, thenstep into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, thensee the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 5th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, thenmake a trip to Kuopio Harbor, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, thenget a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kuopio attractions planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): engage your brain at Tietomaa, thensee the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and then walk around Ainolan Puisto. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, get your game on at Oulu Climbing Centre, stroll through Nallikari Beach, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, thendon't miss a visit to Kauppahalli, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Oulu trip planner.

You can drive from Kuopio to Oulu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Oulu are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Toripolliisi ©
Toripolliisi

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): walk around Lilla holmen, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, thenexamine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn online holiday builder.

Traveling by flight from Oulu to Mariehamn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
Highlights from your plan
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, admire the masterpieces at Turku Art Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

Plan my trip to Turku with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Turku sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Moomin World
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step out of Tampere to go to Pori and see Yyteri Beach, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere attractions app.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Yyteri Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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