Lakeland and Eastern Finland

from £2262
including flights
14 nights Jun-Sep

Overview

Finland is home to around 188,000 lakes and the south east, where you'll find most of them is referred to, unsurprisingly, as Lakeland. Unspoiled nature and abundant wildlife offer many opportunities for hikes, activities and unexpected experiences and, being just a stone's throw away from Russia, there are many reminders of the region's colourful and fascinating past.

Highlights

  • Enjoy stunning scenery - rapids, lakes and islands
  • Take part in many activities and hikes
  • Explore the rich historic past of this area

What's Included

  • Flights from the UK to Kajaani and from Helsinki to the UK
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout

Full description

The south-eastern region and the counties of Savonia and Karelia, are considered to be some of the most beautiful in Finland. Dotted with thousands of lakes, this sparsely populated area also has numerous national parks and waterways. Boasting the largest lake in Finland, Saimaa, here you are never far from water based activities, making this holiday as relaxed or active as you wish.

The ancient taiga forest and national parks offer excellent hiking and wildlife spotting opportunities - capercaillie, moose, bear, lynx, reindeer and even wolves roam free. After an action packed day, take a relaxing sauna or refreshing dip in the lake. Accommodation options range from a rustic cottage to a luxury villa, a spa hotel to a more traditional stay, or perhaps experience a night or two in the tranquillity of the Valamo monastery.

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Prices & Dates

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price (pp)
May - Sep 2018 14 nights VW Golf (or similar) £2,262

What's Included

  • Flights from the UK to Kajaani (via Helsinki) and from Helsinki to the UK
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout in an VW Golf (or similar - other vehicles available on request)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

What's Not Included

  • Car hire one way fee from Kajaani to Helsinki (payable locally)

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Fly to Kajaani

Collect rental vehicle and check in to Hotel Kalevala for a 3 night stay.

Day 2: Kajaani

Visit Petola Nature Centre, go hiking in the woods, wildlife watching or picnic on a nearby island. There is an option to spend a night in a bear hide with a good chance to spot brown bears, foxes, wolverine and perhaps even wolves.

Day 3: Kajaani

Explore the scenic surrounds, swim in the lake or enjoy a treatment at the Wellness Centre at the hotel.

Day 4: Lake Pielinen

Head south, visiting Hiidenportti National Park with its scenic gorge on the way, to Lake Pielinen, the fifth largest in Finland. Stay in Nurmes or Koli for 3 nights at Sokos Hotel Koli.

Day 5: Koli

One of Finland's best known national landscapes, Koli has rare geological features, a versatile array of animal species and an abundance of plant species.

Day 6: Koli

Perhaps venture closer to the Russian border or enjoy white water rafting at Runaa Rapids.

Day 7: Kuopio

Head westbound along the famous 'Blue Road', explore the extensive Puijo ridge hiking trails, one of the country's first nature conservation areas established over 100 years ago. Visit Puijo tower and the revolving restaurant for amazing lake views. Spend 2 nights at Countryhote Eevantalo or Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi.

Day 8: Kuopio

Enjoy the day at leisure - take part in various activities or visit the atmospheric 100 year old traditional market with its fresh farm produce, beautiful handicrafts and mouth-watering local specialties.

Day 9: Savonia

Travel south to visit the charming town of Savonlinna, sprawled over several interlinked islands and the spectacular medieval castle of Olavinlinna, where the famous annual opera festival is held in July. Stay for 2 nights at Anttolan Hovi or Tertinkartano.

Day 10: Savonia

Relax at your accommodation and enjoy the tranquil Lake Saimaa. Go swimming, canoeing, kayaking or try a more traditional rowing boat.

Day 11: Porvoo

Drive further south, visit the Repovesi National Park and the Arboretum Mustila, especially famous for its rhododendrons and azaleas in June, and it's glorious riot of colours in the autumn. Continue to Porvoo for a 2 night stay at Hotel Onni or Hotel Pariisin Ville.

Day 12: Porvoo

One of Finland's six medieval towns, the old town with its maze of streets is a highlight and parts date back to the Middle Ages. In 1809 Finland was annexed to the Russian Empire as an autonomous Grand Duchy and Czar Alexander I ordered the first Diet of Finland to be convened in Porvoo. The buildings in which the Diet of Porvoo was held are still standing, as is the house where the Czar and his entourage were accommodated. Back to the present day, the boutiques, restaurants and cafes located in the centre of the town are delightful.

Day 13: Helsinki

Continue to Helsinki, drop off rental vehicle and check in to a central hotel for a 2 night stay.

Day 14: Helsinki

Enjoy the many sights of the capital, famous for its Neoclassical architecture mixed with modern Scandinavian design, by foot or by tram. The city is especially lively in the summer with many outdoor markets, cafes and bars scattered around the town and nearby islands. There are numerous art galleries, museums, historical churches, botanic gardens and much more to discover. For a complete change of scenery, take a day trip to Talinn with just a 2 hour ferry crossing.

Day 15 depart Helsinki

Depart for Helsinki Airport (payable locally) for your return flight home.

Anttolanhovi Villas, Anttola

Grade: Superior

Type: Self Catering

Anttolanhovi resort on the shores of Lake Saimaa offers a collection of 'Art & Design' lakeside and hillside villas, light and bright and set within beautiful surrounds. The wilderness lakeside setting provides a haven of complete calm.

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Break Sokos Hotel Koli, Eastern Finland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Located in the picturesque Koli National Park, close to the peaks of Koli, the hotel has breathtaking views towards Lake Pielinen.

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Countryhotel Eevantalo

Finland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Countryhotel Eevantalo is located west of Kuopio in the middle of Finland lake district.

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Hotel Glo Art, Helsinki

Finland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

A modern and urban lifestyle hotel, Hotel GLO offers comfortably appointed rooms in Finland's capital. The epitome of what you would call a modern and urban lifestyle hotel.

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Hotel Kalevala, Kuhmo

Finland

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

This timbered 47-room hotel is in a unique Taiga forest with breathtaking views over Lake Lammasjarvi.

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Hotel Pariisin Ville, Porvoo

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Hotel Pariisin Ville is a small, unique hotel in the heart of picturesque Old Porvoo, just a short walk from the Porvoo medieval church.

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