11 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Barcelona

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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere route planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. Traveling from Barcelona to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Barcelona, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Tampere, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:

Saariselka

— 1 night
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 25th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tampere in August: highs in Saariselka hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Lieksa

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): make a trip to Paateri and then delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and then hike along Akka-Koli Hill.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lieksa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Lieksa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, daytime highs in Lieksa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lieksa to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Repovesi National Park and Arboretum Mustila. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Change things up with a short trip to Woikosken Automuseo in Mantyharju (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, and contemplate the long history of Utti Fort.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.