12 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tampere
— 2 nights
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
3
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
4
Lieksa
— 2 nights
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then have some family-friendly fun at PortaaliVR. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary tool.

Lisbon, Portugal 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. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July, Tampere is little chillier than Lisbon - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
PortaaliVR ©
PortaaliVR

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Saariselka Bowling.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Tampere in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Saariselka, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling

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Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo travel route tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Sotkamo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July in Sotkamo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Rautavaara
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli

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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. On the 21st (Sun), take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, then explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lieksa trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Lieksa in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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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Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 23rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then visit Linden Esplanade, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and finally take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Lieksa to Kouvola in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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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 25th (Thu): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helsinki tour planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral