7 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
1
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
2
Kuopio
— 1 night
Fly
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
On the 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Hameenkatu, examine the collection at Lenin Museum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampere tour itinerary maker.

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall and then enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Kuopio tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

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 23rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Kuopio to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then head outdoors with Visit Inari Safaris & Accommodation.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

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.