8 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Savonlinna
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  17​h
End: Philadelphia

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 12th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary maker website .

Philadelphia, USA to Savonlinna is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, things will get little chillier in Savonlinna: highs are around 59°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Levi day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tampere to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampere in May; daily highs in Levi reach 50°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Winter Sports Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Akaslompolo

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then get outside with Seven Fells Up.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi visit planning website .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Tours
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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