12 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stadin Panimo, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online day trip planner.

London, UK to Helsinki 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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from London in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 1:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then test the waters at Tullin Sauna.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors · Museums · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka holiday planning site.

Getting from Tampere to Saariselka by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in March, expect Saariselka to be little chillier, temps between -1°C and -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Nature · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Seven Fells Up and then take an exotic tour of Safartica Yllas.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planning site.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. March in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.