14 days in Lapland, Finnish Archipelago & Central Finland Itinerary

14 days in Lapland, Finnish Archipelago & Central Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Saarijarvi
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Ljubljana

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ranua Zoo and Syvasenvaara Fell. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, see Santa Claus Office, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online journey planner.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Ljubljana to Rovaniemi is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Ljubljana in August: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Saariselka road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

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Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 20th (Fri), walk around Hupisaaret Park, grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, and then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Kauppahalli, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Oulu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Popular historic sites such as Turku Castle and Archangel Michael's church are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Bike Rental - by Carfield and Boat Tours & Water Sports. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and take a tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

Plan trip to Turku with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Oulu to Turku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Saarijarvi

— 2 nights
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Hakki National Park. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Petajavesi Old Church.

To plan Saarijarvi vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Turku to Saarijarvi takes 4.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Saarijarvi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.

Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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Central Finland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Architectural Buildings · Room Escape Games
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia

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