15 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
4
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip app.

Rome, Italy to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. 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 · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Inari

— 3 nights
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: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, get outside with Lake Inari, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, and hike along Juutua Nature Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Inari day trip planning site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Inari are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

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 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 maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip website.

Fly from Inari to Savonlinna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. 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
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 17:

Joensuu

— 3 nights
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).

To see maps, 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 · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
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 drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

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 where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere road trip website.

You can drive from Kuopio to Tampere in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. 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

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

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.