15 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

2
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and The National Museum of Finland. Let the collections at Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Mannerheim Museum capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, see the interesting displays at Hakasalmi Villa, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary app.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Helsinki to be little chillier, around °F, while days are cooler, around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Take a break from the city and head to Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vapriikin Museokeskus and The Parola Armour Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Linna Golf & Country Club (in Hameenlinna) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. April in Tampere sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Linna Golf & Country Club, The Parola Armour Museum, Visavuori
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 7th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, and then get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, thenhike along Hiidenvuori, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, thenexamine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna journey builder site.

You can drive from Kouvola to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Savonlinna sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 10th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, thenexamine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Inari online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Inari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in April, with highs in Inari at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Tours Museums Outdoors
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Safaris. Step off the beaten path and head to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Akaslompolo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in April, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Levi Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park