Travel to Finland
Day 2 Mikkeli - Kuopio (162 Km.)
Mikkeli: Mikkeli is the capital of the province of South Savo. Kenkävero was once the largest wooden vicarage in Finland. Today contains a handicraft center. Also worth a visit to admire its beautiful architecture, its gardens and exhibits. The General Headquarters Museum Päämajamuseo is a fascinating place for those interested in military history of Finland. You can follow the lead of Marshal Mannerheim during World War II.
Kuopio - Tuomiokirkko (Lutheran Cathedral)
(in 162 Km.) Kuopio: The city of Kuopio is located in the heart of Finnish lakes. Major events taking place in winter and in summer give way to a whole new life. The best way to discover Kuopio is start climbing the panoramic tower Puijo, on the outskirts of the city, and admire the stunning views that open from the top: Everything that encompasses the view from there is a dotted with lakes, islands and forests.
Kuopio - Kaupungintalo (City Hall)
The city is located in the middle of lake area in Finland and is famous for its festivals of music and dance. The Marketplace of Kuopio and the funny alley "Pikku Pietari" are famous meeting places and for shopping. The romantic old ships sail from Kuopio lead visitors in summer to contemplate the beautiful natural landscape around ina day and night cruises.
Kuopio - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
At the heart of the city lies the market square, where highlights the Kaupungintalo, built in 1884. From this square go out the main streets of the city, the Kauppakatu, which leads us to the next Lutheran Cathedral, the Tuomiokirkko, completed in 1815.
Kuopio - View from Puijo
A little further away is the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, from the early twentieth century. Another attraction is to go to the harbor area. From this point you can hire a boat trip through the Kallavesi, a placid lake surrounded by houses of pleasure or simply take a hike through the park located on the lakeshore.
Kuopio - View from Puijo
The Orthodox Church Museum is one of the main attractions of Finland. It is the most important museum of Orthodox Church in Western Europe. Displays icons, liturgical textiles and sacred items of the monasteries and churches in Karelia and Petsamo. The salvage of monasteries and churches that were on the Russian side of Karelia after the Second World War witnessed the cultural richness of the Orthodox Church. These items are originals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Kuopio - Puijo
We rest in this city.