25 days in Lakeland, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

25 days in Lakeland, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ahtari
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuopio
— 2 nights
Train
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Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive
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Rantasalmi
— 1 night
Drive
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Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Suomussalmi
— 1 night
Drive
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Oulu
— 5 nights
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hatanpaa Arboretum and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Lahti (Motorcycle Museum of Finland & Sibelius Hall) and Church of Hollola (in Hollola). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, take in the pleasant sights at Finlayson Area, and find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary site.

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ahtari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Ahtari

— 1 night
Ähtäri is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the Southern Ostrobothnia region. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ahtari Zoo.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ahtari tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Ahtari in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Ahtari

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 6th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, then see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Leppavirta Church, and finally take in breathtaking views at Orinoro Gorge.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kuopio day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ahtari to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Ahtari in August, Kuopio is a bit warmer at night with lows of 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 · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Kouvola

— 1 night
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 8th (Thu), examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and then contemplate the long history of Utti Fort.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Kouvola takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. 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 drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Lappeenranta

— 1 night

Town of Lindens

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

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip builder.

Getting from Kouvola to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Rantasalmi

— 1 night
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rantasalmi route maker website.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Rantasalmi by car takes about 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) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Nature · Parks
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Joensuu

— 3 nights
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 Paha-Koli Hill. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Joensuu: Koli National Park (Uhrihalkeama, Rasavaara Observation tower, &more).

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip planning website.

You can drive from Rantasalmi to Joensuu in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Suomussalmi

— 1 night
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to The Silent People and then look for all kinds of wild species at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Suomussalmi trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Suomussalmi takes 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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Oulu

— 5 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Nallikari Beach and Perameren Kansallispuisto. Escape the urban bustle at Hupisaaret Park and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oulu: Marjaniemi Lighthouse (in Hailuoto) and Rokuan Kansallispuisto (in Ahmas). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Ainolan Puisto, admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, engage your brain at Tietomaa, and steep yourself in history at Kauppahalli.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Suomussalmi to Oulu in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pyha-Luosto National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Korouoma Canyon. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Luosto to see Kopara Reindeer Park about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24: