17 days in Helsinki Region, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

17 days in Helsinki Region, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Inari
— 2 nights
3
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
4
Salla
— 1 night
5
Posio
— 2 nights
6
Savonlinna
— 1 day
7
Tampere
— 4 nights

2
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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and stop by Ullanlinna.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planning app.

Brisbane, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 8 hours. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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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 12th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

For maps and tourist information, read our Inari trip maker.

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, Inari is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Inari

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

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Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 14th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland and then identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi route app.

Getting from Inari to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 3.5 hours. August in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Salla.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Luosto
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Salla Ski Resort, take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salla road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Salla takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Salla are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Posio.

Things to do in Salla

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
Paikanselan Taistelualue ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue

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Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Riisitunturi National Park. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Pentik Hill and then take in the dramatic natural features at Korouoma Canyon.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Posio trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Salla to Posio in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Posio

Nature · Parks · Shopping
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Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Pentik Hill ©
Pentik Hill

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Posio to Savonlinna takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get outdoors at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Hameenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius & Linna Golf & Country Club). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Hameenlinna
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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