9 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Murulandia, don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip site.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 10 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

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1
night
Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Inari vacation builder app.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in July, expect Inari to be slightly colder, temps between 64°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
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1
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip builder app.

Getting from Inari to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Inari, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Religious Site
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
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2
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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and then get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, steep yourself in history at Hamina Fortress, admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, then walk around Riverside Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola day trip tool.

You can drive from Tampere to Kouvola in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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Wildlife Area
Arboretum Mustila
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St. John's Church
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