17 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

17 days in Lakeland, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

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Bus to Barcelona El Prat Airport Terminal 2, Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Fly to Mariehamn, Drive to Aland Island
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Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Oulu
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Oulu
— 1 night
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly to Barcelona, Bus to Andorra la Vella

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hatanpaa Arboretum and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, examine the collection at Moomin Museum, stop by Hameenkatu, and go for a walk through Finlayson Area.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tampere online trip builder.

Andorra la Vella, Andorra to Tampere is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Andorra la Vella to Tampere due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Naantali Old Town and Old Rauma. Step out of Turku with an excursion to The Church of the Holy Cross in Rauma--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, get advice or help at Turku City Library, get engrossed in the history at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and get outside with Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Turku route planner.

Drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Aland Island.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Aland Island

— 2 nights
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern and then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Karingsunds Viltsafari, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Aland Island online travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Turku to Aland Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. In August, daytime highs in Aland Island are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kotka.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums · Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

Kotka

— 3 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Repovesi National Park and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, contemplate the long history of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kotka road trip site.

Getting from Aland Island to Kotka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

Lappeenranta

— 1 night

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Mall Galleria, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 27:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 28th (Sun), walk around Ainolan Puisto, stroll through Nallikari Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 28:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 29th (Mon), get outside with Outdoor Activities and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.