Lakeland and Eastern Finland

from £1028
including flights
7 nights Jun-Sep


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.


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

What's Included

  • Flights from the UK to Kuopio and from Helsinki to the UK
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

The south-eastern region is 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, 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 luxury villa, a comfortable city hotel to a more traditional stay in a medieval town.

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Authentic holidays for passionate travellers
Finland is a beautiful country not only in the winter but also in the summer. While driving around, there are so many stunning lakes as well as an abundance of wildlife. It is actually quite common to see a herd of reindeers sharing the same road as you!

Prices & Dates

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car category Twin Price
May 2020 7 nights VW Golf £1,028
May 2020 7 nights VW Golf Estate £1,055
May 2020 7 nights VW Tiguan £1,302
Jun - Aug 2020 7 nights VW Golf £1,132
Jun - Aug 2020 7 nights VW Golf Estate £1,159
Jun - Aug 2020 7 nights VW Tiguan £1,406
Sep 2020 7 nights VW Golf £1,048
Sep 2020 7 nights VW Golf Estate £1,075
Sep 2020 7 nights VW Tiguan £1,322

What's Included

  • Flights from the UK to Kuopio (via Helsinki) and from Helsinki to the UK
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • 6 days days rental - VW Golf or similar
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

What's Not Included

  • Car hire one way fee from Kuopio to Helsinki (approx €120 which is payable locally)

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1: Fly to Kuopio

Collect the rental vehicle and drive the short distance to Kuopio centre and check in to Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi for a 2 night stay.

Day 2: Kuopio

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; 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 specialities.

Day 3: Kuopio to 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 Anttolanhovi Hotel. Driving time approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

Day 4: Savonia

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

Day 5: Savonia to 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 1 night stay at Hotel Pariisin Ville. Driving time approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.

Day 6: Porvoo to Helsinki

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. In the afternoon continue the drive to Helsinki. Driving time approximately 1 hour. Return the car to the city office and make your way to the central hotel for a 2 night stay.

Day 7: 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 Tallinn with just a 2 hour ferry crossing.

Day 8: Depart Helsinki

Depart for Helsinki Airport (payable locally) by airport coach or train 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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Hotel Glo Art, Helsinki


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 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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Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi is located in the middle of the Savo market life with many restaurants and shops nearby.

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