20 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Aland Island Itinerary

20 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Aland Island Itinerary

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20 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Aland Island Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  10​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Levi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
Inari
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + train:  5​h 45​min
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Mariehamn
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Madrid

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, admire all the interesting features of Lappi Areena, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi journey planning website .

Madrid, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, you will find days in Rovaniemi are colder (20°C), and nights are little chillier (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Muonio (Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park & Muonion Kotiseutumuseo) and Snow Village (in Kittila). On the 15th (Wed), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get your game on at Kid's Land, and make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Levi day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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nights
Inari

Inari ©
On the 18th (Sat), head outdoors with Lake Inari, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then hike along Juutua Nature Trail. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Siida, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Inari day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Museums
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida ©
Siida
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 20th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta route planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Lappeenranta takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in August: high temperatures in Lappeenranta hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Nature, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 22nd (Wed), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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nights
Mariehamn

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Aalands Parliament, don't miss a visit to The Maritime Quarter, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn visit planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Fun & Games, #Casinos

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step out of Tampere to go to Palkane and see Palkaneen Kirkko, which is approximately 36 minutes away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, admire the masterpieces at Tampere Art Museum, and make a trip to Nasinneula Tower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tampere sightseeing planner.

Getting from Mariehamn to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Palkaneen Kirkko
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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