15 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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15 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly:  17​h
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
Kuhmo
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Dammam

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, and then examine the collection at Design Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Norman Travels.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online day trip planner .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dammam in April, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
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Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 29th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 1st (Wed), experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, and finally relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm. Keep things going the next day: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Levi planning app .

Getting from Tampere to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Tampere in April, plan for slightly colder days in Levi, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and then stroll through Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Muonio driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Levi to Muonio takes an hour. May in Muonio sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Muonio

#Outdoors, #Winter Sports, #Nature

Side Trip

Akaslompolo
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Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then hike along Juutua Nature Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Inari trip builder site .

You can drive from Muonio to Inari in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Wildlife
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida

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hours
Kuhmo

Kuhmo
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. On the 6th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wilds Piira and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Taiga.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kuhmo trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Inari to Kuhmo takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Kuhmo

#Wildlife, #Parks
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2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get in touch with nature at Arboretum Mustila and Mielakka Ski Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Santalahti Nature Trail and Linden Esplanade. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Riverside Park (in Kotka), Vaaksy Canal (in Asikkala) and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa).

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You can drive from Kuhmo to Kouvola in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In May, daytime highs in Kouvola are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kotka, Vaaksy Canal, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry