31 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

31 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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31 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Lahti
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Suomussalmi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Inari
— 2 nights
8
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Newark


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2
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Do some cultural sightseeing at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and Palander House. Take a break from Lahti with a short trip to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Apulandia, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristinkirkko.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lahti trip planner .

Newark, USA to Lahti is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Lahti, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Newark in December; daily highs in Lahti reach 30°F and lows reach 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Lahti

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at Wolkoff House Museum and Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, take an in-depth tour of South Karelia Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta vacation builder .

You can take a train from Lahti to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°F in December, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Nature
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo ©
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Wed), see the interesting displays at S/S Salama, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online journey planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 29°F during the day and 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Take a break from the city and head to Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Vapriikin Museokeskus and Moomin Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 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 31°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
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 Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo. Visiting Honkaniemi Beach and Utra Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuopio: Joensuu (Joensuu Church, Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, learn about all things military at Kuopio War Veteran Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kuopio day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 27°F during the day and 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Joensuu
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma

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 the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Suomussalmen Kotiseutumuseo, then brush up on your military savvy at Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti, and then don't miss a visit to The Silent People.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Suomussalmi trip planner.

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

Nature Parks Museums
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Hossa National Park ©
Hossa National Park
Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti ©
Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti
Suomussalmen Kotiseutumuseo ©
Suomussalmen Kotiseutumuseo

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get some cultural insight at Siida and Gold Prospector Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Saariselka (Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort & Hippupuoti Gift Shop). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, admire all the interesting features of Tuula's Reindeer, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Inari itinerary planner .

Getting from Suomussalmi to Inari by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly. December in Inari sees daily highs of 21°F and lows of 6°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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 some cultural insight at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Step out of Levi to go to Muonio and see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi and have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land.

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You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 8°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports 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.
Get some cultural insight at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Amethyst Mine Lapland in Luosto, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip maker tool .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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