11 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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11 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Train:  8 h 15 min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h
3
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Barcelona

2
nights
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 24th (Sat): stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Duck Park (Sorsapuisto). On the next day, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary maker .

Barcelona, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Tampere is 1 hour. When traveling from Barcelona in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Tampere, with highs around 23°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Duck Park (Sorsapuisto) ©
Duck Park (Sorsapuisto)

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For photos and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Tampere in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Saariselka, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

1
night
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 27th (Tue), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort, then have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Levi day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Levi sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 28th (Wed), make a trip to Santa Claus Village, have fun at Santa Claus Office, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Theme Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Joensuu is known for shopping, parks, museums, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Joensuu holiday tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rovaniemi to Joensuu. In August in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and then look for all kinds of wild species at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

Before you visit Kouvola, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Kouvola takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

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