20 days in Helsinki, Savonlinna & Lapland Itinerary

20 days in Helsinki, Savonlinna & Lapland Itinerary

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20 days in Helsinki, Savonlinna & Lapland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
3
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 3 nights
5
Levi
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
7
Kemi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: London

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Parikkala (Siikalahti Wetland & Parikkalan kirkko) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). Next up on the itinerary: get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip app .

Getting from Helsinki to Savonlinna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parikkala, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Luosto trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Savonlinna to Luosto takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Luosto are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Inari.
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Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Siida and Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Inari trip planning website .

You can drive from Luosto to Inari in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Inari, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 27th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm and then get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark.

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You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kittila, Kongas
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Levi Huskypark ©
Levi Huskypark
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 29th (Sun), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Levi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Trails Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

2
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 31st (Tue), explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kemi route planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Kemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Auttikongas and Syvasenvaara Fell. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi journey planning site .

You can take a train from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Lappi Areena ©
Lappi Areena
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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