11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + 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
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  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.
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London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from London in October: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get outside with Seven Fells Up. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Keimiotunturi Fell and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Akaslompolo sightseeing website.

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) to allow enough time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Muonio
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Luosto trip planner.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Luosto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Luosto can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car 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 ©
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 26th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip maker site.

Getting from Luosto to Saariselka by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks Winter Sports Trails
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate Helsinki Cathedral and The Esplanadi Park. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take a stroll through Ullanlinna, meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, and step off the mainland to explore Pihlajasaari Recreational Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit 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) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

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

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