11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Kittila
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

Daughter of the Baltic

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 find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour 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

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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). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, and bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kittila online tour builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Kittila by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in May: high temperatures in Kittila hover around 50°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kittila

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Giewont Husky Adventures ©
Giewont Husky Adventures
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

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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 see ratings, photos, reviews, 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 · Tours

Side Trips

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

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or 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 · Outdoors
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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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