8 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Start: Brisbane
Fly:  27 h
1
Tampere
— 1 day
+2
Train + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
2
Inari
— 1 day
Fly + Train:  5 h
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
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, then walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere tour website.

Brisbane, Australia to Tampere is an approximately 31- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brisbane to Tampere. In September, Tampere is slightly colder than Brisbane - with highs of 17°C and lows of 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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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Inari day trip site.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Tampere to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Tampere in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Inari: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kyminlinna Fortress, head off the coast to Lehman, and then kick back and relax at Aijanniemi Beach. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, enjoy the sand and surf 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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in September: high temperatures in Kouvola hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, visit Katajanokka, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki holiday builder.

Getting from Kouvola to Helsinki by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 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 Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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