20 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

20 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Akaslompolo
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Syote
— 1 night
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly

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Akaslompolo

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Konijanka Petting Zoo and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo tour planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Akaslompolo is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Akaslompolo, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, expect Akaslompolo to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Syote.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Syote

On the 4th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Syote National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Syote online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Syote takes 5 hours. In October in Syote, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Syote

Parks · Nature
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Pyhatunturi

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi trip builder.

Drive from Syote to Pyhatunturi in 3.5 hours. October in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature
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Saariselka

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 6th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Saariselka online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka takes 2.5 hours. October in Saariselka sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Winter Sports
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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Joutsenon kirkko. Take a break from the city and head to Repovesi National Park and Valkmusa National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Lappeenranta (Lepola Cemetery Chapel & Saimaa Canal) and Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail & Lehman).

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola travel planning website.

You can fly from Saariselka to Kouvola in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in October, things will get a bit warmer in Kouvola: highs are around 7°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Rauhaniemi Beach and Viikinsaari Island will get you outdoors. Pack the 13th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Suolijarvi Beach.

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You can drive from Kouvola to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors
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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, walk around The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and head off the coast to Pihlajasaari Recreational Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.