25 days in Lakeland, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

25 days in Lakeland, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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25 days in Lakeland, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Ahtari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Kouvola
— 1 night
train:  45​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Rantasalmi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Suomussalmi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Oulu
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
10
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hatanpaa Arboretum and Motorcycle Museum of Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Church of Hollola (in Hollola) and Sibelius Hall (in Lahti). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, steep yourself in history at Finlayson Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary maker website .

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from London to Tampere, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ahtari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lahti, Church of Hollola, Haralanharju Tower
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Ahtari

Ahtari ©
Ähtäri is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the Southern Ostrobothnia region. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ahtari Zoo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ahtari attractions planner .

Getting from Tampere to Ahtari by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ahtari can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Ahtari

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, then see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Leppavirta Church, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Orinoro Gorge.

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Getting from Ahtari to Kuopio by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kuopio when traveling from Ahtari in August, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Kuopio

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Leppavirta
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Orinoro Gorge ©
Orinoro Gorge
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 8th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Utti Fort.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kouvola route planner .

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature Parks Museums
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli.

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Traveling by train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

1
night
Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. On the 10th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rantasalmi trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Rantasalmi takes 2.5 hours. August in Rantasalmi sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Nature Parks
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Ukko-Koli Hill and Pielinen. Step off the beaten path and head to Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Rasavaara Observation tower. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rantasalmi to Joensuu takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

1
night
Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi ©
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. On the 14th (Wed), don't miss a visit to The Silent People and then look for all kinds of wild species at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Suomussalmi online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Joensuu to Suomussalmi in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Wildlife Parks
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The Silent People ©
The Silent People

5
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Visiting Nallikari Beach and Perameren Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Tietomaa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oulu: Marjaniemi Lighthouse (in Hailuoto), Rokuan Kansallispuisto (in Ahmas) and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo). There's lots more to do: walk around Ainolan Puisto, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu visit planner .

Traveling by car from Suomussalmi to Oulu takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Marjaniemi Lighthouse, Rokuan Kansallispuisto, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, Perameren Kansallispuisto
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
Rokuan Kansallispuisto ©
Rokuan Kansallispuisto

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step off the beaten path and head to Korouoma Canyon and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Kopara Reindeer Park. Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip tool .

Getting from Oulu to Rovaniemi by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kopara Reindeer Park, Korouoma Canyon, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park

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