15 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 5 nights
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Kemi-Tornio Airport, Drive to Tornio
— 2 nights
Drive to Kemi-Tornio Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Tampere
— 4 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Barcelona



— 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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel route planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Helsinki is 1 hour. In July, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:


— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get some historical perspective at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Attractions like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Linden Esplanade make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa), Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Riverside Park (in Kotka). The adventure continues: hike along Hiidenvuori, do a tasting at Pihamaa Estate & Winery, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and learn more about the world around you at The Recreational Fishing Museum of Finland.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:


— 2 nights
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Perameren Kansallispuisto. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and then find something for the whole family at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tornio road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Kouvola to Tornio with the Route module. July in Tornio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Tornio

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:


— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hatanpaa Arboretum and Spas. Change things up with a short trip to Yyteri Beach in Pori (about 1h 55 min away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Tornio to Tampere with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Lapland travel guide

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.