23 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

23 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ivalo
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Let the collections at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Moomin Museum capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa (in Sastamala). Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere road trip tool.

Paris, France to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. Traveling from Paris to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in August: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Inari

— 2 nights
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 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail, and then experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of Visit Inari Safaris & Accommodation, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then get outside with Lake Inari.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari route planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Tampere in August, plan for slightly colder days in Inari, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ranua travel planning website.

You can drive from Inari to Ranua in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Visiting Makravaara Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kasken Kierros Nature Trail and Paha-Koli Hill. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Kuopio (Kuopio Market City Hall & Puijo Tower). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, explore the activities along Pielinen, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park day trip tool.

Getting from Ranua to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna itinerary planning app.

Getting from Koli National Park to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Lappeenranta

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Lappeenranta Fortress and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Step out of the city life by going to Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Take a break from Lappeenranta with a short trip to Model Railroad Museum Kouvola in Kouvola, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Lappeenranta road trip tool.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. In September in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Helsinki

— 7 nights

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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Helsinki Cathedral and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town) and Tuusula Church (in Tuusula). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa).

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online travel route planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.