4 days in Punkaharju & Savonlinna Itinerary

4 days in Punkaharju & Savonlinna Itinerary

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4 days in Punkaharju & Savonlinna Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Drive:  4​h
1
Punkaharju
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Helsinki

1
night
Punkaharju

Punkaharju ©
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. On the 5th (Thu), walk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parikkalan kirkko. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Johanna Oras Art Gallery, then find something for the whole family at Punkaharjun Kesamaa, and finally view the masterpieces at Retretti Art Centre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Punkaharju attractions planner.

Helsinki to Punkaharju is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Punkaharju: highs are around -1°C and lows about -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Parikkala
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park
Johanna Oras Art Gallery ©
Johanna Oras Art Gallery

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 7th (Sat), look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Lietvesi Scenic Road, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna tour planner.

Getting from Punkaharju to Savonlinna by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lietvesi Scenic Road, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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