11 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
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 identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere route planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. 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
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

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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 25th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Tampere to Saariselka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight 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
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

2
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 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: look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, 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
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Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

2
nights
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. 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 more things to do, reviews, where to stay, 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

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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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
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 explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, 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
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. 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 lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, witness the site of a historic battle at Utti Fort, and see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Savonlinna to Kouvola by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Woikosken Automuseo, Sandcastle Lappeenranta, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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