15 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Syote
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Syote
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lahti
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Chennai International Airport

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Helsinki

— 5 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, stop by Boss Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planner.

Chennai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chennai in July, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Syote.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 7:

Syote

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Syote National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Syote trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Syote. Traveling from Helsinki in July, you will find days in Syote are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Syote

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 9th (Mon), shop like a local with Marttiini Store Old Factory and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Syote to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Suolijarvi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Lahti

Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 12th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain, then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Hohtokeila Lahti.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Lahti day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Lahti takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lahti

Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Repovesi National Park and Lehman. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail & Kotka Church) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla).

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola road trip app.

Traveling by car from Lahti to Kouvola takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

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.