8 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  27​h
1
Tampere
— 1 day
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Inari
— 1 day
Fly + train:  5​h
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

1
day
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 5th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere itinerary tool .

Brisbane, Australia to Tampere is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Tampere is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Tampere to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 6th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Inari trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Tampere, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Inari, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 7th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Kyminlinna Fortress, head off the coast to Lehman, and then kick back and relax at Aijanniemi Beach. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Mansikkalahti, and then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Inari to Kouvola takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in September, expect Kouvola to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kotka
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Lehman ©
Lehman
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

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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.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, then hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Kouvola to Helsinki by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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