15 days in Lappeenranta, Koli National Park & Rovaniemi Itinerary

15 days in Lappeenranta, Koli National Park & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Lappeenranta
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Koli National Park
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— 4 nights
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Lappeenranta

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Riverside Park and Wolkoff House Museum. Visiting Lietvesi Scenic Road and Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot will get you outdoors. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Imatra (Tainionkosken Church, Church of St. Nicholas, &more), Mikkeli (Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, Naisvuori Observation Tower, &more) and Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko, head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, and snap pictures at Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta online sightseeing planner.

Pisa, Italy to Lappeenranta is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Pisa in May: high temperatures in Lappeenranta hover around 60°F and lows are around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Koli National Park

— 5 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pielinen and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Get outdoors at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen and Makravaara Hill. Take a break from Koli National Park with a short trip to Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, stroll through Paimenen Polku Trail, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Angry Birds Park and Syvasenvaara Fell. Escape the urban bustle at Auttikongas and Luosto. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Sodankyla (Museum - Gallery Alariesto & Church of Sodankyla). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and make a trip to Lordi's Square.

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Getting from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Koli National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 51°F to lows of 37°F. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips