15 days in Lakeland, Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland, Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus to Kittilän koulukeskus, Fly to Paris

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, stop by Tea Shop Veistrom, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere vacation app.

Paris, France to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In August, Tampere is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:

Koli National Park

— 4 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the activities along Pielinen, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:

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.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi route planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:

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.