8 days in Kuopio, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

8 days in Kuopio, Oulu & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Kuopio
— 2 nights
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Visit New Valamo Monastery and Lutheran Cathedral for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Heinaveden kirkko in Heinavesi (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kuopio travel route builder.

Helsinki to Kuopio is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

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Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 21st (Wed), stroll around Ainolan Puisto, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and finally view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church and then walk around Hupisaaret Park.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read our Oulu day trip planning website.

Drive from Kuopio to Oulu in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Beaches · Wildlife · Outdoors

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Ranua Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Rovaniemi Church and German Soldier s Cemetery. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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