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 · Outdoors · Museums · 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 · Wildlife

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Kuopio

— 3 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Visiting Valkeisenlampi and Snellman Park will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at New Valamo Monastery and Lutheran Cathedral. Step out of Kuopio with an excursion to Heinaveden kirkko in Heinavesi--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, learn about all things military at Kuopio War Veteran Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Kuopio Harbor.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kuopio journey maker site.

Getting from Oulu to Kuopio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kuopio are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kuopio

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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