9 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  7​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  6​h
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  8​h
End: Barcelona

3
nights
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 Rock Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum for their historical value. Kids will enjoy Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Aurlahti Beach in Lohja--about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Barcelona to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barcelona in July, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 15°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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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and finally relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Inari itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in August, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°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

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 4th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Inari to Kouvola. Traveling from Inari in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Kouvola: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel 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.
On the 6th (Mon), see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner .

You can drive from Kouvola to Tampere in 3 hours. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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