11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Kittila
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  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), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip site .

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 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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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
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 Kittila's surroundings by going to Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo) and Muonio (Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park & Muonion Kotiseutumuseo). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, gain insight at Kid's Land, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kittila day trip planning website .

Getting from Helsinki to Kittila by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in May, things will get a bit cooler in Kittila: highs are around 50°F and lows about 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Levi, Seven Fells Up, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. On the next day, examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kittila to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can 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

2
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, then explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi visit site .

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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