15 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

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15 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  19 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Arctic Emotions Oy. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and see Santa Claus Office.

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Los Angeles, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Rovaniemi. In September, Rovaniemi is cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 53°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sotkamo road trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Sotkamo are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rautavaara
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Visiting Paha-Koli Hill and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, kick back and relax at Utra Beach, explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, and trek along Akka-Koli Hill.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Joensuu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Joensuu takes 3 hours. September in Joensuu sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 19th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Spas

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina), Kiikunlahde (in Hollola) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila and see the interesting displays at Woikosken Automuseo.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Kouvola sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Kiikunlahde, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Woikosken Automuseo, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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