11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Visiting Ekenas Archipelago National Park and Nuuksio National Park will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Room Escape Games. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Ekenas Archipelago National Park
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Ekenas Archipelago National Park ©
Ekenas Archipelago National Park

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 29th (Sat): hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and finally admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Helsinki, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Safaris
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge ©
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Take a break from the city and head to Pyha-Luosto National Park and Kopara Reindeer Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Pyhatunturi and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction. When in Pyhatunturi, make a side trip to see Salla Ski Resort in Salla, approximately 1h 25 min away.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi trip tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Salla, Pyhatunturi, Kopara Reindeer Park
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi

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