14 days in Finland, Kiruna & Lofoten Islands Itinerary

14 days in Finland, Kiruna & Lofoten Islands Itinerary

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Helsinki, Finland
— 2 nights
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Jyvaskyla, Finland
— 1 night
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Oulu, Finland
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi, Finland
— 1 night
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Kittila, Finland
— 1 night
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Kiruna, Sweden
— 2 nights
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Leknes, Norway
— 4 nights

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Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki ©
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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

If you are flying in from Finland, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Jyvaskyla, Finland

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): go for a walk through Tourujoen Luontopolku, get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, then brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum, then take in the architecture and design of University of Jyvaskyla, and finally snap pictures at Karkisten Silta.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Helsinki to Jyvaskyla by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Jyvaskyla when traveling from Helsinki in August, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Parks
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Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum
Toivolan Vanha Piha ©
Toivolan Vanha Piha
University of Jyvaskyla ©
University of Jyvaskyla

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Oulu, Finland

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski, explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, walk around Hupisaaret Park, then walk around Ainolan Puisto, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach.

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You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Koitelinkoski
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Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

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Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Nature · Parks
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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Kittila, Finland

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila, and then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

Start your trip to Kittila by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kittila in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kittila can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kiruna.

Things to do in Kittila

Museums

Side Trip

Sarestoniemi Museum
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Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
Giewont Husky Adventures ©
Giewont Husky Adventures

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Kiruna, Sweden

Kiruna ©
Sweden's northernmost city, Kiruna remains best known for its proximity to the world's first hotel-museum built entirely of snow and ice.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Hjalmar Lundbohmsgarden Ek Forening and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ofelas Icelandic horses & Guide Service.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kiruna road trip planning app.

Drive from Kittila to Kiruna in 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kittila to Kiruna is minus 1 hour. In August in Kiruna, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Leknes.

Things to do in Kiruna

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Ofelas Icelandic horses & Guide Service ©
Ofelas Icelandic horses & Guide Service
Hjalmar Lundbohmsgarden Ek Forening ©
Hjalmar Lundbohmsgarden Ek Forening

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Leknes, Norway

Leknes ©
Leknes is a town in Nordland county, Norway. Get out of town with these interesting Leknes side-trips: Rambergstranda Beach (in Ramberg) and Svolvaer (Northern Norway Art Centre, Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Haukland Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Flakstad Church, get engrossed in the history at Lofotr Viking Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvalvika Beach.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Leknes trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kiruna to Leknes with the Route module. August in Leknes sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leknes

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Svolvaer, Lofotr Viking Museum, Flakstad Church, Rambergstranda Beach, Kvalvika Beach
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Haukland Beach ©
Haukland Beach
Rambergstranda Beach ©
Rambergstranda Beach
Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum ©
Lofoten Krigsminnenmuseum

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