12 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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12 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + train:  8​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then get your game on at Portaali VR. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere road trip website .

Lisbon, Portugal to Tampere is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Tampere is 2 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in July, things will get slightly colder in Tampere: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
PortaaliVR ©
PortaaliVR

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and finally perfect your strike at Saariselka Bowling.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in July, you will find days in Saariselka are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Fun & Games Nightlife Trails

Side Trip

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

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nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. On the next day, head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then kick back and relax at Venajanhiekka.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Sotkamo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, daytime highs in Sotkamo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can 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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, then stroll through 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 other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lieksa day trip tool .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Lieksa in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough 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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nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and finally take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip maker website .

You can drive from Lieksa to Kouvola in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
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 Temppeliaukion Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kouvola to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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