11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Posio
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h
End: Detroit

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Visit Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Rock Church for their historical value. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take a stroll through Katajanokka, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation maker .

Detroit, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Detroit to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in October, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 48°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 29th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Siida, experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then get interesting insight from Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in October, with highs in Inari at 37°F and lows at 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

2
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Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Keimiotunturi Fell and then glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Muonio vacation website .

Traveling by car from Inari to Muonio takes 3 hours. In October in Muonio, expect temperatures between 35°F during the day and 26°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Muonio

Winter Sports Outdoors Nature
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Salla trip planner .

Getting from Muonio to Salla by car takes about 4.5 hours. In October in Salla, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Posio.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

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Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Riisitunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Pentik Hill and then explore the striking landscape at Korouoma Canyon.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Posio planning website .

You can drive from Salla to Posio in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°F in November, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Posio

Nature Parks Museums
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Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon

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