15 days in Lakeland, Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland, Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus to Kittilän koulukeskus, Fly to Paris CDG

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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: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, look for gifts at Tea Shop Veistrom, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in June, expect Tampere to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 18:

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:

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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Makravaara Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. June in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

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.