15 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rome
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Inari
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h 30 min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Rome

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip app.

Rome, Italy to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Rome in August, with highs in Rovaniemi at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Inari is known for museums, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, stroll through Juutua Nature Trail, experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip website.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Savonlinna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Inari in August since evenings lows in Savonlinna dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Joensuu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Joensuu: Koli National Park (Pielinen, Paha-Koli Hill, &more) and Lieksa (Pielisen Museum & Paateri).

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Joensuu travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Joensuu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, and finally have fun at Vainolanniemi. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Tahko Farmi, take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

Discover how to plan a Kuopio trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Kuopio takes 2 hours. August in Kuopio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tahko Farmi
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with a short trip to Visavuori in Valkeakoski (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere road trip website.

You can take a train from Kuopio to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Visavuori
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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