11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Train
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive
3
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Train
6
Helsinki
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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 29th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

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London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Rovaniemi

— 1 day

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): make a trip to Santa Claus Village and then make a trip to Santa Claus Office.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in November, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -2°C and -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games
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Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 2nd (Tue), get advice or help at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Inari are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

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Traveling by car from Inari to Saariselka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi attractions tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Helsinki

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

On the 7th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden.

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Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in November, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.