16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 1 night
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
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Inari
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights

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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.
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 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. 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

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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.
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 find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, 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 drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Religious Site
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
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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 maps and tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla online route planner.

Drive from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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

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History Museum
Toivolan Vanha Piha
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World heritage site
Petajavesi Old Church
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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.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and 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

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Religious Site
Kerimaki Church
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Lauritsala Church and Lemin kirkko are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lappeenranta Fortress and Nuijamaa Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Hamina (Hamina Town Hall & Hamina Fortress), The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and Church of St. Nicholas (in Imatra). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, pause for some serene contemplation at Sammonlahden Church, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and take an in-depth tour of South Karelia Museum.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta day trip site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. 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 · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Church
Lemin kirkko
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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. 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 photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Inari road trip site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight 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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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of Sodankyla and Rovaniemi Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maupertuis Memorial and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction (in Salla), Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto) and Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, shop like a local with Marttiini Store Old Factory, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and see Santa Claus Office.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip maker tool.

You can drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Historic Site
Maupertuis Memorial
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