10 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

10 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see Santa Claus Office, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi attractions app.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from London in October: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Urho Kekkonen National Park, surround yourself with nature on Polar Creek, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip planning site.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

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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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in October, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Lapland travel guide

Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.