9 days in North Karelia, South Karelia & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in North Karelia, South Karelia & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly

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Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at Koli Relax Spa, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, then stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uhrihalkeama, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, then make a trip to Paateri, then explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park vacation planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Koli National Park is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and then get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot.

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You can drive from Koli National Park to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm and then trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and then paddle through the water with Polar Creek.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka online route planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Saariselka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, Saariselka is little chillier than Lappeenranta - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Pyhatunturi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi takes 2.5 hours. In July in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
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North Karelia travel guide

3.8
Hiking Trails · Landmarks · Gardens
North Karelia is a region in eastern Finland. It borders the regions of Kainuu, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia and South Karelia, as well as Russia.The city of Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia.North Karelia is renowned among public health officials. In the 1960s Finland led industrialized nations in heart disease mortality rates; North Karelia had Finland's highest incidence. In 1972 a long-term project was undertaken which targeted this risk in North Karelia. The resulting improvement in public health is still considered remarkable, a model for the rest of the nation.MunicipalitiesThe region of North Karelia is made up of 13 municipalities, of which four have city status (marked in bold).Joensuu sub-region: Ilomantsi (5,693)Joensuu (74,475)Juuka (5,355)Kontiolahti (14,104)Liperi (12,288)Outokumpu (7,396)Polvijärvi (4,772) Central Karelia sub-region: Kitee (9,083)Rääkkylä (2,528)Tohmajärvi (4,975)Pielinen Karelia sub-region: Lieksa (12,568)Nurmes (8,358)Valtimo (2,438)

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South Karelia travel guide

3.8
Waterfalls · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
South Karelia is a region of Finland. It borders the regions of Kymenlaakso, Southern Savonia and North Karelia, as well as Russia.Historical provinceFor history, geography and culture see: Finnish KareliaRegional CouncilThe Regional Council of South Karelia is a joint municipal authority of nine member municipalities. The Council operates as the authority for regional development and unit for regional planning and looks after regional interests and to promote economic development and cultural well-being in South Karelia. The Council has a statutory responsibility for regional development and planning.The EU’s regional Objective Programmes for South Karelia have partly been prepared in the Council as it also implements and coordinates various projects. The Council is also represented in several international organisations, such as AEBR.MunicipalitiesThe region of South Karelia is made up of nine municipalities, of which two have city status (marked in bold).Imatra Sub-region: Imatra (28,219)Parikkala (5,509)Rautjärvi (3,682)Ruokolahti (5,507) Lappeenranta Sub-region: Lappeenranta (72,658)Lemi (3,130)Luumäki (4,992)Savitaipale (3,729)Taipalsaari (4,826)

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.