23 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

23 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Savonlinna
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Attractions like Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Skogster Museum (in Hameenlinna). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and meet the residents at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary builder app.

Paris, France to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Tampere is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Levi

— 2 nights
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 25th (Sun): gear up at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi travel route planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Levi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Levi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Urho Kekkonen National Park and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Lake Inari in Inari, about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka day trip planning site.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Saariselka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 30th (Fri), stroll through Ranua Zoo.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ranua trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Ranua in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
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Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 31st (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, then examine the collection at S/S Salama, and then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Ranua to Savonlinna in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kids will enjoy Lappeenranta Fortress and Repovesi National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Motorcycle Museum of Finland and Lappeenrannan kirkko. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Church of Hollola (in Hollola) and Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God (in Lappeenranta). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Helsinki

— 7 nights

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.
For shopping fun, head to Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa) or Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Family-friendly places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will thrill your kids. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (The Runeberg Home, Porvoo Old Town, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, take a stroll through Katajanokka, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip tool.

Drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 11:

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.