31 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

31 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lahti
— 2 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
4
Tampere
— 5 nights
5
Kuopio
— 4 nights
6
Suomussalmi
— 2 nights
7
Inari
— 2 nights
8
Levi
— 3 nights
9
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights

2
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Apulandia and Palander House. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Ristinkirkko and don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lahti online travel route builder.

Newark, USA to Lahti is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. In December, Lahti is little chillier than Newark - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kouvola, Palander House
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Apulandia ©
Apulandia
Palander House ©
Palander House

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lappeenranta Fortress and Wolkoff House Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, examine the collection at Saimaa Kanal Museum, and get engrossed in the history at South Karelia Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Lahti to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at S/S Salama, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, thenstep into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Savonlinna sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites
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Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get in touch with nature at Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, and stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

4
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Nikolaos Cathedral and RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland. You'll get in some beach time at Utra Beach and Honkaniemi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kuopio side-trips: Joensuu (Joensuu Church, Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, brush up on your military savvy at Kuopio War Veteran Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, and explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Tampere to Kuopio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around °F in December, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Joensuu
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
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RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
St. Nikolaos Cathedral ©
St. Nikolaos Cathedral

2
nights
Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. On the 18th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hossa National Park. On your second day here, examine the collection at Suomussalmen Kotiseutumuseo, get engrossed in the history at Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti, and then don't miss a visit to The Silent People.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Suomussalmi route planning site.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Suomussalmi takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks Nature Museums
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Hossa National Park
Hossa National Park
Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti ©
Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti
The Silent People ©
The Silent People

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Escape the urban bustle at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Angeli Reindeer Farm. Get a sense of the local culture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inari: Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Hippupuoti Gift Shop (in Saariselka). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, and experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Inari sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Suomussalmi to Inari in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. December in Inari sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get a sense of the local culture at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Take a break from the city and head to Kids' Land and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planning website.

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Luosto to see Amethyst Mine Lapland about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

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