12 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
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Luosto
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuhmo
— 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 Ronald Reagan Washington National 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.
On the 20th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In May, Helsinki is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 60°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Inari driving holiday app.

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in May, expect Inari to be slightly colder, temps between 49°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

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Luosto

Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park and then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Luosto day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Inari to Luosto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Luosto are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Wildlife
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi itinerary planner.

Getting from Luosto to Rovaniemi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Kuhmo

Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. On the 25th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wild Taiga and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wilds Piira. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kuhmo road trip site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kuhmo in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Parks · Wildlife
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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, then get all the information you need at Riihisaari, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Kuhmo to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. In May in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums
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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, stroll around Riverside Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and finally steep yourself in history at Stromforsin Ruukki. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila and then identify plant and animal life at Hevoshaan Arboretum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kouvola trip maker app.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Kouvola sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.