15 days in Lappeenranta, Koli National Park & Rovaniemi Itinerary

15 days in Lappeenranta, Koli National Park & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
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— 4 nights
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Lappeenranta

— 4 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Riverside Park and Lappeen Marian kirkko. Visiting Lietvesi Scenic Road and Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth will get you outdoors. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Imatra (Tainionkosken Church, Church of St. Nicholas, &more), Mikkeli (Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, Naisvuori Observation Tower, &more) and Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, take in the views from Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, and explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta online visit planner.

Pisa, Italy to Lappeenranta is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Pisa to Lappeenranta due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Pisa in May: high temperatures in Lappeenranta hover around 60°F and lows are around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 5 — 10:

Koli National Park

— 5 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pielinen and Pielisen Museum. Get outdoors at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Makravaara Hill. Take a break from Koli National Park with a short trip to Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Paateri, trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, stroll through Paimenen Polku Trail, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 15:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Angry Birds Park and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Syvasenvaara Fell and Auttikongas. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Sodankyla (Museum - Gallery Alariesto, Luosto, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, make a trip to Lordi's Square, and explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut.

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Getting from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Koli National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 37°F. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 19: