8 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning app.

Istanbul, Turkey to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Helsinki. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in April: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

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 17th (Sat): boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tampere sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally explore the activities along Pielinen. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

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You can drive from Tampere to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Venajanhiekka, head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sotkamo trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Sotkamo in 2.5 hours. In April in Sotkamo, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online day trip planner.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. In April in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:
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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.