12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Posio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Helsinki. Traveling from Dubai in September, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

Make your Saariselka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, Saariselka is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

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

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, get interesting insight from Tours, and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Akaslompolo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Pyhatunturi takes 3 hours. In September in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Posio.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks
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1
night
Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. On the 26th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Riisitunturi National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Posio trip planning site .

Drive from Pyhatunturi to Posio in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Posio

Nature Parks
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Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Thu), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning app .

You can drive from Posio to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. September in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Fun & Games
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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