5 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kilpisjarvi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town, and then admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo. Keep things going the next day: walk around Kaivopuisto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally get advice or help at Oodi Central Library.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Kaunas, Lithuania to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kaunas in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online holiday planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in August: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kilpisjarvi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Museums
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Kilpisjarvi

— 1 night
To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kilpisjarvi online holiday maker.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kilpisjarvi in 5.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rovaniemi to Kilpisjarvi due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll set off for Tampere on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Kilpisjarvi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails
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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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

You can drive from Kilpisjarvi to Tampere in 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Kilpisjarvi in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.