7 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

7 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Albuquerque
Fly + Drive:  19 h
1
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 45 min
3
Inari
— 1 day
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Albuquerque

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Main Church and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then steep yourself in history at Stromforsin Ruukki.

Plan trip to Kouvola with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Albuquerque, USA to Kouvola is an approximately 20.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Albuquerque in September: highs in Kouvola hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin Ruukki
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 6th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna vacation planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Savonlinna in September: high temperatures in Inari hover around 52°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, then contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then visit Ullanlinna, and finally admire the masterpieces at Design Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in September, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 61°F and lows about 45°F. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

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