11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: London

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey website .

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rovaniemi. When traveling from London in October, plan for colder days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 3°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 23rd (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then get outside with Seven Fells Up. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo day trip planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muonio
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris
Keimiotunturi Fell ©
Keimiotunturi Fell

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Luosto vacation planner .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Luosto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Luosto are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Luosto

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka route planner.

Traveling by car from Luosto to Saariselka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Saariselka sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks Nature Trails
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

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.
Visit Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach for some beach relaxation. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress of Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja), Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Ullanlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Korkeasaari Zoo.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Aurlahti Beach, Paavolan Tammi
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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