12 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Pyhatunturi
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
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Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Tribhuvan International Airport

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Bellevue Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Kathmandu, Nepal to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.8 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Helsinki. In August, Helsinki is slightly colder than Kathmandu - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

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Pyhatunturi

On the 14th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland and then identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Tampere to Pyhatunturi with the Route module. In August in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Hiidenvuori. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Linden Esplanade. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Kotka (Riverside Park, Beach Mansikkalahti, &more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola visit site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pyhatunturi to Kouvola. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kouvola when traveling from Pyhatunturi in August, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

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.