16 days in Lapland, Tampere & Helsinki Region Itinerary

16 days in Lapland, Tampere & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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16 days in Lapland, Tampere & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Budapest

3
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 Ranua Zoo and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Budapest in August, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time 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
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.
Attractions like Yyteri Beach and Ahtari Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Pori (Yyterin Nakotorni, Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), & more), Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Hame Castle). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, get in on the family fun at Puuhamaa, make a splash at Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pori, Hameenlinna, Old Rauma, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi
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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. Kids will enjoy Heureka and The Finnish Museum of Horology. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Porvoo Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Turku (Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, Turku Cathedral, & more) and Sapokka Water Garden (in Kotka). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and browse the collection at Oodi Central Library.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki road trip tool .

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off 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, Heureka, Moomin World, Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Heureka ©
Heureka
The Finnish Museum of Horology ©
The Finnish Museum of Horology

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