23 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

23 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. Attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Skogster Museum (in Hameenlinna). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Tampere road trip planning site.

Paris, France to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

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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 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings 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 fly from Tampere to Levi in 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 travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

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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.
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 flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or 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 · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

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Ranua

Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 30th (Fri), take an exotic tour of 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. Other options are to take a bus; or 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

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 31st (Sat), explore the historical opulence of 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 fly from Ranua to Savonlinna in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus 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

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kids will enjoy Lappeenranta Fortress and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Repovesi National Park and Motorcycle Museum of Finland. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Church of Hollola (in Hollola) and Lappeenranta (Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God & Lappeenrannan kirkko).

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kouvola online route planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Kouvola by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Market Square Kauppatori or Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Family-friendly places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral will thrill your kids. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (The Runeberg Home, Porvoo Old Town, &more). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa).

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online travel route planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel 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.