21 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

21 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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21 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly + Drive:  19 h 15 min
1
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
2
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Kelowna

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju) and Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, Katariina Seaside Park, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, and delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola online trip itinerary builder .

Kelowna, Canada to Kouvola is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kelowna to Kouvola, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Kouvola are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Woikosken Automuseo, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Lieksa is known for museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Lieksa using our trip planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Lieksa in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in April, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. April in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Levi online holiday planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Levi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Holy Cross Church (in Parola), Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tampere trip builder app .

You can fly from Levi to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in May: highs in Tampere hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Visavuori, Ahvenisto, Holy Cross Church
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Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Room Escape Games
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

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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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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