15 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Bus:  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.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Arctic Emotions Oy. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Rovaniemi is 10 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 53°F and lows about 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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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): kick back and relax at Hiukka and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sotkamo road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Sotkamo takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in September, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up 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. Escape the urban bustle at Ukko-Koli Hill and Utra Beach. Explore Joensuu's surroundings by going to Koli National Park (Pielinen, Paha-Koli Hill, &more).

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Joensuu trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Joensuu in 3 hours. In September in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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.
Start off your visit 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, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car 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): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online vacation builder.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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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. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Kiikunlahde (in Hollola), Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala) and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila and take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Kouvola by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kouvola are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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