11 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kansallisgalleria and Hakaniemi Market. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Jakarta in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

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 9th (Fri), examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka road trip planning app.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in September, with highs in Saariselka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Levi holiday app.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 13th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

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.