40 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

40 days in Lakeland, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 8 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 7 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 12 nights
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Kouvola

— 8 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Kouvola City Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Model Railroad Museum Kouvola and Loviisan kirkko. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa (in Ruotsinpyhtaa), Kotka (Isopuisto Park, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, &more) and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arboretum Mustila, and explore the world behind art at Lahti Art Museum.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola trip builder website.

Leisnig, Germany to Kouvola is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Leisnig in June, with highs in Kouvola at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kouvola

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

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Joensuu

— 2 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Old Mine Mining Museum and Koli Nature Centre Ukko will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate Uhrihalkeama and Joensuu Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Koli National Park (Paha-Koli Hill & Pirunkirkko). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach, look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Honkaniemi Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Joensuu online visit planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Joensuu in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

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Rovaniemi

— 7 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Auttikongas and Syvasenvaara Fell will get you outdoors. Visit Church of Sodankyla and German Soldier s Cemetery for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Korouoma Canyon (in Posio), Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Arctic Husky Farm (in Pelkosenniemi). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, look for all kinds of wild species at Luosto Adventures, take in the awesome beauty at Luosto, and take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Joensuu to Rovaniemi. When traveling from Joensuu in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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 24th (Thu): wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, then take some stellar pictures from Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and then explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sarkitunturi, glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell.

To find out how to plan a trip to Levi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Levi, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Winter Sports

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Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Get in touch with nature at Juutua Nature Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Saariselka (Hippupuoti Gift Shop & Angry Birds Activity Park). There's still lots to do: experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm and take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip app.

Traveling by car from Levi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Inari are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Museums

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo) and The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Mediamuseo Rupriikki and Finlayson Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Hameenlinna (Hameenlinna Art Museum, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, &more) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, explore the historical opulence of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and admire the striking features of Aleksanterin Kirkko.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Inari to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Inari in June: highs in Tampere hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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Helsinki

— 12 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Visit Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Turku (Adventure Park, Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, &more), Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja) and Porvoo (Castle Hill, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. There's still lots to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, admire the striking features of Johannes Church, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

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You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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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.