15 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Riverside Park, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kouvola tour itinerary planning site.

Santiago, Chile to Kouvola is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Santiago to Kouvola, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 8 — 9:

Inari

— 1 night
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): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Inari route maker website.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Inari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in May; daily highs in Inari reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): grab your bike and head to 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 look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and then take a memorable tour with Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Levi are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tampere holiday planning website.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in May, you will find days in Tampere are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, look for gifts at Artisaani, take a stroll through Katajanokka, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

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.