16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  6 h
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 30 min
6
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h 15 min
End: London

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and finally visit Katajanokka. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, then browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, and then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

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London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cathedral of Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim 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 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa and then get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally take an in-depth tour of Visavuori.

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

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Visavuori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa

2
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 28th (Tue), walk around Tourujoen Luontopolku, then examine the collection at Toivolan Vanha Piha, then see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Keuruu, then admire the striking features of Petajavesi Old Church, and then contemplate the long history of Oravivuori Triangulation Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla online route planner.

Take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Jyvaskyla are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, Petajavesi Old Church, Church of Keuruu
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Toivolan Vanha Piha ©
Toivolan Vanha Piha
Church of Keuruu ©
Church of Keuruu
Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 30th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Popular historic sites such as Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Lemin kirkko are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lappeenranta Fortress and Lauritsala Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of St. Nicholas (in Imatra), The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and Hamina (Hamina Town Hall & Hamina Fortress). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and take an in-depth tour of South Karelia Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta day trip site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hamina, Church of St. Nicholas, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

2
nights
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 3rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Inari road trip site.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Lappeenranta to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lappeenranta in August: high temperatures in Inari hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Tuula's Reindeer ©
Tuula's Reindeer

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rovaniemi Church and Church of Sodankyla. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maupertuis Memorial and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla) and Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and make a trip to Lordi's Square.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Inari to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, Maupertuis Memorial, Kopara Reindeer Park
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German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

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