11 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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11 days in Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + train:  8​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 24th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere vacation maker tool .

Barcelona, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Barcelona, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Tampere, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Saariselka journey planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Tampere in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Saariselka: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 26th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 28th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Paateri and then explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and then stroll through Akka-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lieksa trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Koli National Park
Highlights from your plan
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

Planning Savonlinna trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Drive from Lieksa to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Go for a jaunt from Kouvola to Mantyharju to see Woikosken Automuseo about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum, and witness the site of a historic battle at Utti Fort.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Sandcastle Lappeenranta, Arboretum Mustila, Woikosken Automuseo
Highlights from your plan
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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