13 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Vaasa Itinerary

13 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Vaasa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday 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
— 4 nights
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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.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and get curious at Science Centre Pilke.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app.

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

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 6th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

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 7th (Sat): hike along Akka-Koli Hill and then hike along Paha-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower and then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park route planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Koli National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall and then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Kuopio road trip tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Saltkaret and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa vacation maker site.

You can drive from Kuopio to Vaasa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and stop by Hameenkatu.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Vaasa to Tampere by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

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.