37 days in Lakeland Itinerary

37 days in Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Lakeland journey planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 7 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Train
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Lahti
— 5 nights
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Tampere

— 7 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Hameenlinna (Hameenlinna Church, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, &more). Pack the 29th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, and enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tampere road trip tool.

Vienna, Austria to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Vienna to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Vienna in July; daily highs in Tampere reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Jyvaskyla

— 4 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Villageshop Veljekset Keskinen (in Tuuri) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum, take in the views from Karkisten Silta, examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kuopio

— 4 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Kuopio side-trips: Varkaus (Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo & Varkaus Water Tower Terrace), Orinoro Gorge (in Leppavirta) and New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi). And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, don't miss a visit to Satamankulma, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kuopio trip planning tool.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Jyvaskyla in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kuopio, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Koli National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Joensuu (Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, &more). There's much more to do: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Makravaara Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, walk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park, and then make a trip to Rapio Mill.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road, Viewing Platform in Puumala, &more) and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Neitvuori, examine the collection at Infantry Museum, get outside with Anjan Puisto, and don't miss a visit to Pursialan hiidenkirnu.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lappeenranta

— 4 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Go for a jaunt from Lappeenranta to Puumala to see Lake Saimaa about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta day trip tool.

Getting from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Lahti

— 5 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Get out of town with these interesting Lahti side-trips: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, &more) and Heinolan Vesitorni (in Heinola). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Laune Central Park, stroll around Aulanko, see the interesting displays at Radio and TV Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Vesijärvi harbor.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahti day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Lahti takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In August in Lahti, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips