8 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
3
Hameenlinna
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Milan

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 5th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, and then identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip planner .

Milan, Italy to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Milan in August, plan for cooler days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 20°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas ©
Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas

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 7th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For other places to visit and tourist information, use the Savonlinna online journey planner .

Fly from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

1
night
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
On the 8th (Thu), learn about all things military at Parola Tank Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, and finally examine the collection at Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum).

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hameenlinna trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Hameenlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. August in Hameenlinna sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Parola, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum)
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Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Temppeliaukion Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Cathedral of Porvoo. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Helsinki attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Hameenlinna to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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