23 days in Rovaniemi, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Region Itinerary

23 days in Rovaniemi, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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1
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 6 nights
3
Loviisa
— 5 nights
4
Helsinki
— 6 nights

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Auttikongas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, and get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi route planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in July, with highs in Rovaniemi at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ranua Zoo, Korouoma Canyon
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©

6
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Family-friendly places like Repovesi National Park and Lappeenranta Fortress will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Imatra (Tainionkosken Church & Church of St. Nicholas) and Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, admire the engineering at Imatrankoski, and explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Lappeenranta takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Ruokolahden Kirkko, Repovesi National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Korpikeidas ©
Korpikeidas

5
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Kids will enjoy Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth and Maritime Centre Vellamo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Loviisa: Kotka (Linden Esplanade, Maretarium, &more) and Porvoo (The Runeberg Home, Runeberg Park, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Söderskärin majakka, steep yourself in history at Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, stop by Riimikko, and get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Loviisa tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Loviisa takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Loviisa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Loviisa to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaaren Elaintarha ©
Korkeasaaren Elaintarha

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