15 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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15 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Santiago

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, make a trip to Linden Esplanade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary planning tool .

Santiago, Chile to Kouvola is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Chile Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

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, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary app .

Getting from Kouvola to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can 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
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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, examine the collection at Siida, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

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Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in May; daily highs in Inari reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 12th (Sun), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and then glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Levi road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports

Side Trip

Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 14th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tampere route builder .

Traveling by flight from Levi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Levi in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hakaniemi Market and Katajanokka. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, look for gifts at Artisaani, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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