Lakeland Tour in Finland
Lakeland Tour in Finland– Finland –9 days / 8 nights, Helsinki - Porvoo - Punkaharju - Savonlinna - Heinävesi - Joensuu - Kuopio - Tampere - Hämeenlinna - HelsinkiOn this self-drive Lakeland Tour in Finland you follow the King's Road, the most significant travel route in the Nordic countries. Visit historic Porvoo, its Old Town with well-preserved wooden houses, and medieval church. Drive the panoramic road along the Punkaharju Ridge. Visit Savonlinna, host of the Opera Festival held at the Olavinlinna Castle. Tour around Finland's biggest lakes, enjoy nature walks, lake cruises, spas, saunas, art and castles.
|Operation||June - August 2017|
|Departure||Daily, June - August 2017|
|Price||from $1,595 based on double room
from $2,945 single room
|Included||8 nights accommodation in 3*/4* hotels
Breakfast buffet daily
Car rental class C (VW Golf or similar, manual transmission), 9 days (216 hours)
Pick-up/drop-off Helsinki Vantaa airport
Unlimited mileage, CDW, Theft protection and tax
|Not Included||International airfare & Airport taxes
Entrance fees or any other services
Fuel, GPS and other surcharges
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 25 years and drivers must have held a driving licence for at least 12 months prior to hiring the car.
Payment by voucher, but the client must guarantee with own credit card when picking up car.
Please note all rates and services remain subject to availability.
Upgrade to automatic, Cat I, Ford Focus or similar, in double room, $75
Upgrade to automatic, Cat I, Ford Focus or similar, in single room, $150
|Tour Options||Upgrade to higher category car|
|More Information||Driving in Finland|
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Day 1 ARRIVAL HELSINKI - PORVOO (45 mi) Arrival to the Helsinki-Vantaa airport and pick-up your rental car. If time allows, possibility to drive to Helsinki and get to know the city. We recommend a visit to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, included in Unesco's Word Heritage List. The fortress was established in 1748, and is just 15 minutes by ferry from Helsinki's Market Square.
Drive to Porvoo, the second oldest town of Finland. The driving route follows the King's Road, which is one of the most significant travel route in the Nordic countries, and follows an old postal route. The road has been used by kings and their couriers, bishops and townsmen, artists and armies ever since the 1300s. Mansions, farms, taverns, alehouses and inns that housed and accommodated travellers arose all along the King's Road.
Today the King's Road is a network of fascinating travel services but some stretches of the original road are still in use. The total length of the road is 253 km. On the way to Porvoo, it is possible to visit Haikko Manor, the home of the famous painter Albert Edelfelt and the old church of Sipoo, built in the 15th century. Arrive at Porvoo and explore the Old Town by foot. Take a walk around the well-preserved wooden houses, visit the medieval church, and the Town Hall Square. Stay overnight at a small, elegant boutique hotel in the heart of the picturesque Old Town of Porvoo.
Accommodation at Pariisin Ville Hotel or similar
Day 2 PORVOO - PUNKAHARJU (B) (185 mi) Breakfast at the hotel. En route towards the Finnish Lakeland you pass Kouvola and Lappeenranta, and arrive to Punkaharju. Drive the panoramic road along the Punkaharju Ridge. Possibility to visit the Retretti art centre, one of the most important art centres of Finland.
In Punkaharju area, there are also important nature reserves, holiday resorts, and one of the most interesting museums of Finland: the Lusto Forest Museum. We recommend a visit to the Lusto Forest Museum. Your overnight accommodation is the oldest tourist hotel of Finland, a beautiful romantic building next to a lake.
Accommodation at Punkaharjun Valtionhotelli or similar
Day 3 PUNKAHARJU - SAVONLINNA - HEINÄVESI - JOENSUU (B) (150 mi) After breakfast a short drive to Savonlinna, a dynamic little town famous for its Opera Festivals. We recommend a visit to Olavinlinna Castle.
Continue to Heinävesi, and drive to New Valamo Monastery, the only Orthodox monastery in Finland, located in calm, beautiful environments. Continue to Joensuu, the capital of North Karelia region.
Accommodation at Sokos Hotel Kimmel or similar.
Day 4 JOENSUU - KOLI - NURMES (B) (82 mi) Breakfast at the hotel. Continue for a tour around Lake Pielinen, one of the biggest lakes of Finland, before continuing to the Koli National Park. Time for a panoramic walking tour in the park. We recommend a visit to Ukko Nature Center as well as the 'Pirun Kirkko' (the Devil's Church'), a 34 metres long cave within a short hike along a marked trail.
Drive to Nurmes, a small town on the Northern shore of Lake Pielinen. Optional activities possible at Nurmes, such as lake fishing.
Accommodation at Break Sokos Hotel Bomba or similar
Day 5 NURMES - LIEKSA - JOENSUU (B) (82 mi) Breakfast at the hotel. Continue to Lieksa. We recommend a visit to the open-air museum in Lieksa called Pielisen Museo and to drive from Lieksa to Ruunaa Nature Reserve to enjoy the lake view with rapids (also a good location for fishing).
Continue to Vuonislahti, offering the possibility to visit to the atelier of famous Finnish sculptor Eva Ryynänen, and the church carved of wood. Return to Joensuu.
Accommodation Original at Sokos Hotel Kimmel or similar
Day 6 JOENSUU - KUOPIO (B) (75 mi) Breakfast at the hotel. We recommend a visit to Carelicum Museum, before departuring from Joensuu. Drive to Kuopio, the capital of the Savo region. We recommend a visit to the Puijo Tower for panoramic view. Another possibility is to reserve a lake cruise to Lake Kallavesi (supplement).
Accommodation at the Cumulus Hotel Kuopio or similar
Day 7 KUOPIO - TAMPERE (B) (185 mi) Breakfast at the hotel. Continue through the central Finland towards Tampere. On the route is possible to stop at Jyväskylä, a town famous for its architecture by Alvar Aalto. Continue towards Tampere and arrive at the hotel.
Accommodation at Original Sokos Hotel Villa or similar
Day 8 TAMPERE - HÄMEENLINNA - TUUSULA (B) (110 mi) Breakfast at the hotel. We recommend to spend the morning in Tampere, and enjoy this lively summer town. Perhaps visit Näsinneula tower for panoramic view, or one of the most popular amusement parks of Finland, Särkänniemi. For art lovers, a must to see is Sara Hilden Art Museum. Continue to Hämeenlinna, and visit Hämeenlinna Castle or the birth place of the most famous composer of Finland, Jean Sibelius.
At the end of the day, drive to Tuusula, located a convenient distance away from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport for next day's departure. Arrival to Krapi estate, located amid a nationally prestigious cultural environment in Tuusula and comprises a hotel, restaurants, traditional Finish smoked sauna and a large park area, offering a wide variety of activities. Krapi is located right at the start of the first Finnish Museum Road (Tuusula Rantatie). Homes of many famous artists of the turn of the century, who were actively involved in the forming of the Finnish national identity, can be found along this road.
Accommodation at Krapi Hotel in Tuusula or similar.
Day 9 TUUSULA - HELSINKI - VANTAA AIRP0RT (B) (10 mi) Breakfast at the hotel. Possibility to enjoy the peace of the Krapi area. If time permits before your flight departure, it is possible to visit some of the interesting cultural sights and museums along the Tuusulan Rantatie. Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport and return the car.