11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Melbourne

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Ekenas Archipelago National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 29th (Sat), hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Lordi's Square, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and then admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in September, you will find days in Rovaniemi are slightly colder (13°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Pyha-Luosto National Park and Pyhatunturi. Get outdoors at Kopara Reindeer Park and Salla Ski Resort. When in Pyhatunturi, make a side trip to see Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction in Salla, approximately Salla away.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi holiday planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Pyhatunturi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.