11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly:  18​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temppeliaukion Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Helsinki Cathedral and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the exciting artwork at Okra, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki vacation planning tool .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Islamabad to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Islamabad in June, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 26th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online holiday planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off 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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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Thu), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Safaris

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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. On the 29th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, then trek along Akka-Koli Hill, then explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lieksa itinerary planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. June in Lieksa sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to 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): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lieksa to Kouvola in 5.5 hours. Another option is to 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) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

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

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