40 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

40 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 8 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 7 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 12 nights
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Kouvola

— 8 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Model Railroad Museum Kouvola and Kouvola City Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Loviisan kirkko (in Loviisa), Kotka (Isopuisto Park, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, &more) and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arboretum Mustila, and explore the world behind art at Lahti Art Museum.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola trip builder website.

Leisnig, Germany to Kouvola is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Leisnig in June, with highs in Kouvola at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kouvola

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 13:

Joensuu

— 2 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Old Mine Mining Museum and Koli Nature Centre Ukko will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Uhrihalkeama and Joensuu Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Koli National Park (Paha-Koli Hill & Pirunkirkko). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach, look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Honkaniemi Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Joensuu online visit planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Joensuu in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:

Rovaniemi

— 7 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Auttikongas and Syvasenvaara Fell will get you outdoors. Visit Church of Sodankyla and Tornio Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi), Arctic Husky Farm (in Pelkosenniemi) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, and admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Joensuu to Rovaniemi. While traveling from Joensuu, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 23:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, then take some stellar pictures from Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and then explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Sarkitunturi, ski along the peaceful trails at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, and then trek along Keimiotunturi Fell.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Levi tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Levi sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Gold Prospector Museum. Get in touch with nature at Juutua Nature Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Saariselka (Hippupuoti Gift Shop & Angry Birds Activity Park). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, and take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Inari road trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In June in Inari, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo) and Tampere Mineral Museum. The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and Finlayson Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Hameenlinna (Hameenlinna Art Museum, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, explore the historical opulence of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and admire the striking features of Aleksanterin Kirkko.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Inari to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Inari in June: highs in Tampere hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 2:

Helsinki

— 12 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Visit Aurinkolahti Beach and Kallahdenniemi Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Turku (Adventure Park, Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, &more), Porvoo (Castle Hill, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more) and Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, admire the striking features of Johannes Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and see the interesting displays at Mannerheim Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planner.

Drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 14:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.