8 days in Rovaniemi, Oulu & Kuopio Itinerary

8 days in Rovaniemi, Oulu & Kuopio Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Kuopio
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Ranua Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Rovaniemi Church and Arktikum. There's much more to do: engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planner.

Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. July in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. On the next day, admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Kauppahalli, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then stroll around Ainolan Puisto, and finally walk around Hupisaaret Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Oulu road trip planning website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Oulu by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Oulu are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Kuopio

— 3 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like New Valamo Monastery and Heinaveden kirkko. Take a break from the city and head to Puijo Tower and Snellman Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, learn about all things military at Kuopio War Veteran Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kuopio road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Kuopio sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kuopio

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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