16 days in Lapland, Tampere & Helsinki Region Itinerary

16 days in Lapland, Tampere & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
2
Tampere
— 7 nights
3
Helsinki
— 5 nights

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ranua Zoo and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Syvasenvaara Fell. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker site.

Budapest, Hungary to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in August, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

7
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yyteri Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum. Family-friendly places like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Nasinneula Tower will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari), Pori (Yyterin Nakotorni, Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), &more) and Old Rauma (in Rauma). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pori, Hameenlinna, Puuhamaa, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Ahtari Zoo
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo

5
nights
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.
Moomin World has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Kids will enjoy Nuuksio National Park and Turku Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Sapokka Water Garden (in Kotka), Heureka (in Vantaa) and Turku (Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo & Turku Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get curious at The Finnish Museum of Horology, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Turku, Espoo, Sapokka Water Garden, Porvoo Old Town, Moomin World
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Heureka ©
Heureka
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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