11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
3
Helsinki
— Few hours

6
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.
Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki tour planning website.

Raleigh, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Raleigh in January, you will find days in Helsinki are cooler (°F), and nights are slightly colder (°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In January, Saariselka is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

few
hours
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 10th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market

Similar plans

14 days in Lapland BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in Lapland BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Joensuu, Naantali & Helsinki BY A USER FROM GERMANY June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Rovaniemi, Ivalo & Helsinki BY A USER FROM INDIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 13 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, culture, outdoors, romantic, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, romantic, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM INDIA June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: June, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 20 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: June, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Finland BY A USER FROM HONG KONG SAR CHINA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in Finland BY A USER FROM FINLAND February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans