25 days in Lakeland, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

25 days in Lakeland, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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1
Tampere
— 4 nights
2
Ahtari
— 1 night
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
4
Kouvola
— 1 night
5
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
6
Rantasalmi
— 1 night
7
Joensuu
— 3 nights
8
Suomussalmi
— 1 night
9
Oulu
— 5 nights
10
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and Finlayson Church. Take a break from the city and head to Rauhaniemi Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Lahti (Motorcycle Museum of Finland & Sibelius Hall) and Church of Hollola (in Hollola). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in panoramic vistas at Haralanharju Tower, and don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower.

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London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Tampere due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Ahtari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lahti, Haralanharju Tower, Church of Hollola
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Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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): 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 °C, and evening lows to °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

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. On the 6th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, thensee the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, thentest 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, thencontemplate 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 °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
Room Escape Games

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 8th (Thu), examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, thenexplore 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 °C during the day and °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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, thencontemplate 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 train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Ristikankaan kappeli ©
Ristikankaan kappeli

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. 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 °C and lows of °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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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 Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paha-Koli Hill and Pielinen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Joensuu: Koli National Park (Uhrihalkeama, Rasavaara Observation tower, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Joensuu road trip website.

Traveling by car from Rantasalmi to Joensuu takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to 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
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

1
night
Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi ©
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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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Ainolan Puisto and Oulu Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Hupisaaret Park and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oulu: Marjaniemi Lighthouse (in Hailuoto), Rokuan Kansallispuisto (in Ahmas) and Perameren Kansallispuisto (in Kemi). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, 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 °C, and evening lows to °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

Side Trips

Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, Marjaniemi Lighthouse, Rokuan Kansallispuisto, Perameren Kansallispuisto
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Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
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 Kopara Reindeer Park. Get in touch with nature at Korouoma Canyon and Safaris. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Korouoma Canyon, Kopara Reindeer Park, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

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