20 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

20 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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20 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Syote
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Saariselka
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
Kuala Lumpur

2
days
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): meet the residents at Konijanka Petting Zoo and then get outside with Seven Fells Up. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo itinerary builder site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Akaslompolo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Akaslompolo is minus 6 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October: high temperatures in Akaslompolo hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Syote.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

1
day
Syote

Syote ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Syote National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Syote holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Syote takes 5 hours. October in Syote sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Syote

#Nature, #Parks
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Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

1
day
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi trip planner.

Getting from Syote to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 3.5 hours. October in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

#Nature, #Parks
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1
day
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 6th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saariselka travel planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
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4
days
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Repovesi National Park and Saimaa Canal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail & Lehman), Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Lappeenranta (Lepola Cemetery Chapel, Joutsenon kirkko, & more).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Kouvola online journey planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and train from Saariselka to Kouvola in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in October, expect Kouvola to be a bit warmer, temps between 7°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Kotka, Valkmusa National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

3
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get in touch with nature at Suolijarvi Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planning app .

Getting from Kouvola to Tampere by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Beaches, #Childrens Museums
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Suolijarvi Beach ©
Suolijarvi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

6
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kansallisgalleria and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki route planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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