47 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

47 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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47 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Inari
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Joensuu
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Kuopio
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Mikkeli
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
10
Kouvola
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Sydney

6
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Turku Castle (in Turku) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Turku Castle, Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 27:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Palander House), Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki) and Parola (Parola Tank Museum & Holy Cross Church). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planning app .

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get little chillier in Tampere: highs are around 0°C and lows about -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Parola, Hameenlinna, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Old Church of Keuruu, Kallenaution Kievari
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Venture out of the city with trips to Saariselka (Hippupuoti Gift Shop & Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort), Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Skolt Sami Heritage House (in Sevettijarvi). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, hike along Juutua Nature Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and go for a walk through Otsamo Fell.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Inari driving holiday website .

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in January, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around -11°C and lows about -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum, Skolt Sami Heritage House
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Safaris (in Akaslompolo), Snow Village (in Kittila) and Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park). There's lots more to do: get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Levi itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Kittila, Safaris, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Pyhatunturi
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Step out of Lieksa with an excursion to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto in Rautavaara--about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and get great views at Rylays Hill.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lieksa online day trip planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In January in Lieksa, expect temperatures between -8°C during the day and -14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

4
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Pielinen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, and examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip planning app .

Drive from Lieksa to Joensuu in 2 hours. In January in Joensuu, expect temperatures between -8°C during the day and -14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Siikalahti Wetland, New Valamo Monastery
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuopio: Varkaus (Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo & Varkaus Water Tower Terrace). There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, have fun at Vainolanniemi, enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, and see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kuopio travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Joensuu to Kuopio in 2 hours. January in Kuopio sees daily highs of -8°C and lows of -14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Varkaus
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:
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Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

4
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: Room Escape Games (in Jyvaskyla), St. George Church (in Joroinen) and Puumala (Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, Puumalan Lake, & more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, stroll through Neitvuori, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Mikkelin Taidemuseo.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli road trip app .

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Mikkeli takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Puumala, Wolkoff House Museum, Olavinlinna Castle, Room Escape Games, St. George Church
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
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Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori

6
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Lahti (Apulandia, Laune Central Park, & more), Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola, stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, and admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Mikkeli to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Lahti, Hollola, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Apulandia ©
Apulandia

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