11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Islamabad
Fly:  18 h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Islamabad

2
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Market Square Kauppatori or Okra. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kamppi Chapel of Silence are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, stop by Katajanokka, and browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder site.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Islamabad to Helsinki. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Islamabad in June: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip builder website.

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Galleria Ronga ©
Galleria Ronga
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti ©
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti

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nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then experience rural life at Napapiirin Porofarmi. On your second day here, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and then identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Safaris
Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy

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Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lieksa itinerary planning website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In June in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

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nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kouvola road trip tool.

Getting from Lieksa to Kouvola by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area

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