9 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
2
Inari
— 2 nights
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
4
Tampere
— 1 night

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Aurlahti Beach. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour planning tool.

Barcelona, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Helsinki. Traveling from Barcelona in July, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around °C and lows about °C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Aurlahti Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Inari

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 3rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, thenexperience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, thenrelax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Inari trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in August: high temperatures in Inari hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Inari

Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Tuula's Reindeer ©
Tuula's Reindeer

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nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): walk around Riverside Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola online travel route planner.

You can fly from Inari to Kouvola in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in August, expect Kouvola to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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