47 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

47 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
3
Inari
— 4 nights
Shuttle + 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Turku Castle (in Turku). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

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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 changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In December, Helsinki is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Turku Castle
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki), Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church) and Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Palander House). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Church of Keuruu, and enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, Tampere is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Finish 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, Kallenaution Kievari, Old Church of Keuruu, Padasjoen Tuomastornit
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. Get out of town with these interesting Inari side-trips: Saariselka (Hippupuoti Gift Shop & Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort), Skolt Sami Heritage House (in Sevettijarvi) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, identify plant and animal life at Angeli Reindeer Farm, and hike along Juutua Nature Trail.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Inari tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Tampere to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tampere in January: high temperatures in Inari hover around -11°C and lows are around -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka, Skolt Sami Heritage House, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park), Safaris (in Akaslompolo) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, and stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Levi vacation maker app.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Kittila, Yllas Ski Resort, Safaris
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can 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
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus

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. Get out of town with these interesting Lieksa side-trips: Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara) and Koli National Park (Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, Rasavaara Observation tower, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Paateri, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, identify plant and animal life at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, and see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lieksa trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Lieksa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to -8°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Koli National Park (Paha-Koli Hill, Pielinen, &more), Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and stroll through Utra Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Joensuu route planner.

Getting from Lieksa to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -8°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

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
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni ©
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Explore Kuopio's surroundings by going to Varkaus (Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo & Varkaus Water Tower Terrace). There's still lots to do: have fun at Vainolanniemi, ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, and examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo.

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Getting from Joensuu to Kuopio by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -8°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough 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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RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

4
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Mikkeli: Puumala (Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, Puumalan Lake, &more), St. George Church (in Joroinen) and Room Escape Games (in Jyvaskyla). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, explore the venue of Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, and explore the world behind art at Mikkelin Taidemuseo.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mikkeli online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kuopio to Mikkeli by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Puumala, Olavinlinna Castle, St. George Church, Wolkoff House Museum, Room Escape Games
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. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju), Lahti (Apulandia, Laune Central Park, &more) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola itinerary website.

Getting from Mikkeli to Kouvola by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows 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, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Woikosken Automuseo
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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