12 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
4
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive
5
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Berlin

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get a sense of the local culture at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village and see Santa Claus Office.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi sightseeing planning site.

Berlin, Germany to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Berlin to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): hike along Akka-Koli Hill and then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: hike along Makravaara Hill and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Koli National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Koli National Park to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Lappeenranta

— 1 night

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and then don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and then examine the collection at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, look for gifts at Hameenkatu, see the interesting displays at Suomen Pelimuseo, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary website.

Getting from Kouvola to Tampere by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

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.