8 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

8 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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8 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Kuhmo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Luosto
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Savonlinna is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Savonlinna. Traveling from Dubai in June, things will get colder in Savonlinna: highs are around 21°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
night
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Taiga and then identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kuhmo day trip tool .

Getting from Savonlinna to Kuhmo by car takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Wildlife Parks
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

1
day
Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park, and then explore and take pictures at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Luosto visit planner.

Drive from Kuhmo to Luosto in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daily temperatures in Luosto can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife Parks
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 3rd (Tue), get a dose of the wild on Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, examine the collection at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Inari day trip planning tool .

Getting from Luosto to Inari by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally wander the streets of Ullanlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in July, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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