14 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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14 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Kuhmo
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
Inari
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
days
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get in touch with nature at Arboretum Mustila and Santalahti Nature Trail. Get a sense of the local culture at Stromforsin ruukki and Linden Esplanade. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Ungern and Rosen Fortresses (in Loviisa), Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa) and Riverside Park (in Kotka). Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kouvola trip itinerary maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Kouvola is an approximately 26-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Kouvola reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Stromforsin ruukki, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, Valkmusa National Park
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna driving holiday tool .

Getting from Kouvola to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuhmo.

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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
day
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Taiga and then identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kuhmo tour planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuhmo in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuhmo

#Wildlife, #Parks
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

3
days
Inari

Inari ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Inari driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Kuhmo to Inari takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September in Inari, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tampere online driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Inari, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

2
days
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and finally wander the streets of Ullanlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki journey builder app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Helsinki sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©