7 days in Rovaniemi & Lakeland Itinerary

7 days in Rovaniemi & Lakeland Itinerary

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7 days in Rovaniemi & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: Rovaniemi
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Diego

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then stop by LAURI, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online tour itinerary builder .

In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampere Cathedral. Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto in Ylojarvi, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tampere travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, make a trip to Linden Esplanade, then appreciate the history behind German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III, and finally get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola trip planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 7th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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