8 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Start: Milan
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi. Keep things going 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.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planning tool.

Milan, Italy to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Milan in August: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up 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
Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna takes 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
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

1
night
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. On the 8th (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at The Parola Armour Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, then get engrossed in the history at Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum).

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hameenlinna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Hameenlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Hameenlinna can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parola, Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum, Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum)
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Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum ©
Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum

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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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Aalto House for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

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