14 days in Lapland, Oulu & Vaasa Itinerary

14 days in Lapland, Oulu & Vaasa Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Posio
— 2 nights
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Oulu
— 4 nights
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Vaasa
— 4 nights

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Ranua Zoo and Auttikongas will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. The adventure continues: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip planning website.

Kilpisjarvi to Rovaniemi is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Posio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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Posio

— 2 nights
Posio is a municipality of Finland. On the 19th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Riisitunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Ski Resort Suomutunturi.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Posio road trip planning tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Posio by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Posio can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Posio

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Oulu

— 4 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Appreciate the collections at Raahe Museum and Oulun Taidemuseo. Bring the kids along to Outdoors Oulu Oy and Nallikari Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through Hupisaaret Park, contemplate the long history of Oulu Cathedral, walk around Ainolan Puisto, and get outside with Superpark Oulu.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Posio to Oulu takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

Vaasa

— 4 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tikanoja Art Museum and Bragen ulkoilmamuseo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Mustasaaren kirkko. Get out of town with these interesting Vaasa side-trips: Kuddnas Museum (in Uusikaarlepyy) and Powerpark (in Harma). There's more to do: make a splash at Tropiclandia and take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vaasa trip builder app.

Drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

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.