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
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Attractions like Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Hameenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius & Skogster Museum) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tampere itinerary maker 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Tampere is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in July: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi travel route planner.

You can fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Levi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Saariselka

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Urho Kekkonen National Park and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Lake Inari in Inari, about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka day trip planning site.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Saariselka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 30th (Fri), take an exotic tour of Ranua Zoo.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ranua trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Ranua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 31st (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, then examine the collection at S/S Salama, and then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Ranua to Savonlinna in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kids will enjoy Lappeenranta Fortress and Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Repovesi National Park and Church of Hollola. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Lappeenrannan kirkko (in Lappeenranta) and Motorcycle Museum of Finland (in Lahti). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
For shopping fun, head to Market Square Kauppatori or Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Family-friendly places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will thrill your kids. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (The Runeberg Home, Porvoo Old Town, &more). There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa).

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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.