10 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

10 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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10 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Kemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner .

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rovaniemi. In March, Rovaniemi is colder than San Francisco - with highs of 30°F and lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Safaris
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 25th (Wed), head off the coast to Perameren Kansallispuisto and then explore the historical opulence of SnowCastle of Kemi. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: play a few rounds at Tornio Golf, take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, then admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kemi attractions planning site .

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. March in Kemi sees daily highs of 32°F and lows of 16°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kemi

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Tornio
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SnowCastle of Kemi ©
SnowCastle of Kemi
Tornio Golf ©
Tornio Golf
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park and then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take a stroll through Katajanokka, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Getting from Kemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kemi in March since evenings lows in Helsinki dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Paavolan Tammi, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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