7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Kilpisjarvi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
San Francisco

2
days
Helsinki

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.
On the 12th (Wed), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker website .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Helsinki at 61°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Tours, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Nuuksio National Park
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

2
days
Kilpisjarvi

Kilpisjarvi ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): head outdoors with Kukkolankoski. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Saana.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kilpisjarvi online day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Kilpisjarvi. Traveling from Helsinki to Kilpisjarvi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in September: highs in Kilpisjarvi hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kilpisjarvi

#Outdoors
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Saana ©
Saana

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi journey tool .

Getting from Kilpisjarvi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Kilpisjarvi to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Tours, #Historic Sites
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
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Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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