11 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + bus + train:  12​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Kouvola
— 1 day
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy and then experience rural life at Poro Farmi.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi is minus 2 hours. In August, Rovaniemi is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife
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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. Get outdoors at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Kasken Kierros Nature Trail. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Rasavaara Observation tower. The adventure continues: hike along Akka-Koli Hill, stroll through Paimenen Polku Trail, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Lieksa online travel route planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

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

1
day
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and then take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola trip maker .

You can drive from Lieksa to Kouvola in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 17th (Sat): stop by Tammelantori, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: laugh and play at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere online road trip planner .

You can drive from Kouvola to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tammelantori ©
Tammelantori

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall

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