16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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16 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: London
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
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  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 striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and finally wander the streets of Katajanokka. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, then browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, and then explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

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London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Cathedral of Porvoo
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Visavuori.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planner.

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

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Theme 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), go for a walk through Tourujoen luontopolku, then get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, then examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Keuruu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Petajavesi Old Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Petajavesi Old Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Oravivuori Triangulation Tower.

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You can take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Jyvaskyla sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 30th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere 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 ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna day trip tool .

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Lemin kirkko. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lappeenranta Fortress and Nuijamaa Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina), Hamina (Hamina Town Hall & Hamina Fortress) and Church of St. Nicholas (in Imatra). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take an in-depth tour of South Karelia Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Nature Parks

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, then examine the collection 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: relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Inari vacation site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lappeenranta in August, expect Inari to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get a sense of the local culture at Church of Sodankyla and Maupertuis Memorial. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rovaniemi Church and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction. Venture out of the city with trips to Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto) and Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and see Santa Claus Office.

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Traveling by car from Inari to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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