14 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuhmo
— 1 night
Drive
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Inari
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly

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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Arboretum Mustila and Riverside Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Stromforsin Ruukki and Ungern and Rosen Fortresses. Venture out of the city with trips to Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa), Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Kotka (Linden Esplanade & Santalahti Nature Trail).

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kouvola trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kouvola is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Kouvola. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Kouvola reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, then get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner.

Drive from Kouvola to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

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Kuhmo

Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wild Taiga and then look for all kinds of wild species at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuhmo itinerary tool.

Getting from Savonlinna to Kuhmo by car takes about 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Lemmenjoki National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Inari and Juutua Nature Trail. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Inari vacation planner.

You can drive from Kuhmo to Inari in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tampere online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Inari to Tampere in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Inari in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Tampere, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally wander the streets of Ullanlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The Esplanadi Park and then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 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.