12 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Vaasa Itinerary

12 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Vaasa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
5
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Train
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.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi attractions planner.

Berlin, Germany to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Rovaniemi. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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 6th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Koli National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 9th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

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Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. August in Kuopio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vaasa.
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Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 10th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Vaasa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Boat Tours & Water Sports. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tampere road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums
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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.