15 days in Lapland, Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lapland, Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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15 days in Lapland, Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  11​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 4 nights
5
Lappeenranta
— Few hours
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
7
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 21st (Mon), admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in May, you will find days in Rovaniemi are cooler (12°C), and nights are a bit cooler (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Fun & Games
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 22nd (Tue), look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
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 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Siida and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Inari trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Inari, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Ullanlinna. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Inari - with highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

few
hours
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Santalahti Nature Trail and Sapokka Water Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Kotka (Linden Esplanade, Lehman, & more), Stromfors Iron Works (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa). There's more to do: go for a walk through Ankkapurha Culture Park and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Sippola church.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. May in Kouvola sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Stromforsin ruukki, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Lehman ©
Lehman

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Rauhaniemi Beach. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Suolijarvi Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

Make your Tampere itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Kouvola to Tampere by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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