12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  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
Bus + 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Pihlajasaari Recreational Park. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helsinki holiday 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. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

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 23rd (Sun), get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, and then fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in September; daily highs in Saariselka reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo itinerary planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. September in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time 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 ©
On the 25th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi road trip planning app.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 3 hours. September in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Posio.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

1
night
Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Riisitunturi National Park.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Posio trip planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Posio in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Posio to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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