10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Akaslompolo

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akaslompolo: Levi (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Icekarting Levi, &more).

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Akaslompolo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Akaslompolo reach -5°C and lows reach -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then see Santa Claus Office.

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

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.