11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
+2
Subway + Train + Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Kittila
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Subway:  15 h 15 min
End: New York City

2
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.
On the 5th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On the next day, get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To see photos and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of subway, train, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Helsinki at 60°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kittila.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
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Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kittila: Muonio (Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park & Muonion Kotiseutumuseo) and Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kittila trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Kittila in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in May, expect Kittila to be little chillier, temps between 50°F and 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kittila

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Levi, Muonio, Seven Fells Up
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Giewont Husky Adventures ©
Giewont Husky Adventures
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

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 10th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kittila to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In May in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 49°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, catch a live event at Lappi Areena, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 37°F. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Nature
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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