15 days in Lapland, Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

15 days in Lapland, Helsinki & Lakeland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Inari
— 1 night
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Lappeenranta
— Few hours
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 3 nights

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

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 21st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then see Santa Claus Office.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi vacation planning website.

Lisbon, Portugal to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in May, you will find days in Rovaniemi are colder (12°C), and nights are a bit cooler (3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

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

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm.

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Drive from Akaslompolo to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In May in Inari, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

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

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Katajanokka and Sibelius Monument. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in May, with highs in Helsinki at 18°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

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Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©

Town of Lindens

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

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta driving holiday site.

Getting from Helsinki to Lappeenranta by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

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

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Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Sapokka Water Garden and Linden Esplanade. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa), Kotka (Lehman, Santalahti Nature Trail, &more) and Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Sippola church.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kouvola trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Lehman ©
Lehman
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

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Tampere

Tampere ©

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Rauhaniemi Beach. Pack the 3rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Suolijarvi Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip builder app.

You can drive from Kouvola to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

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

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