11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kittila
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planning site .

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi. When traveling from Chicago in September, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. On the 21st (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kittila trip planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kittila in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Kittila sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Levi, Seven Fells Up
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

5
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.
Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Kittila to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kittila in September: highs in Helsinki hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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