10 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

10 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  26 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
3
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Sydney

1
night
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 23rd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then catch all the local highlights with Feelapland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 27- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 25th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari online trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Inari are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Wildlife Museums Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

5
nights
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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Katajanokka, visit Ullanlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online holiday planner.

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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