14 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Kouvola
— 2 nights
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
3
Kuhmo
— 1 night
4
Inari
— 2 nights
5
Tampere
— 1 night
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights

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Kouvola

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 Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Linden Esplanade & Santalahti Nature Trail), Ungern and Rosen Fortresses (in Loviisa) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla).

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

Side Trips

Kotka, Stromforsin Ruukki, Arboretum Mustila, Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, Valkmusa National Park
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

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Savonlinna

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
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

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Kuhmo

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
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

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Inari

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 Lake Inari. Step out of the city life by going to Lemmenjoki National Park 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

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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Tampere

Tampere ©
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 · Beaches · Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

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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.
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
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral