12 days in Kainuu, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Kainuu, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Kajaani
— 2 nights
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Ivalo
— 1 night
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Kajaani

— 2 nights
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 28th (Thu), kick back and relax at Hiukka and then head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Paltaniemi Church and then get a dose of the wild on Luonnollisesti Oulujarvi.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kajaani trip itinerary maker.

Doha, Qatar to Kajaani is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Kajaani, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Doha in October: high temperatures in Kajaani hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Ivalo.

Things to do in Kajaani

Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife · Adventure

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Ivalo

— 1 night
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ivalo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kajaani to Ivalo takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daytime highs in Ivalo are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Inari.

Things to do in Ivalo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take an exotic tour of Visit Inari Safaris & Accommodation and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari online trip itinerary builder.

Inari is very close to Ivalo. October in Inari sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Saariselka

— 1 night
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 1st (Mon), take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Inari to Saariselka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Saariselka sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports · Parks
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Mannerheim Museum and Kansallisgalleria will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Katajanokka, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in November, with highs in Helsinki at 5°C and lows at 0°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Kainuu travel guide

3.8
Theme Parks · Castles · Nature & Parks
Kainuu is one of the 19 regions of Finland . Kainuu borders the regions of Northern Ostrobothnia, North Karelia and Northern Savonia. In the east, it also borders Russia.Boreal forest makes up most of the biome in Kainuu. The forest in Kainuu mostly consists of birches, pines and spruces. The atypical regional geography and landscape consist of lakes, hills and vast uninhabited forest areas.The largest lake in the region is the Oulujärvi, one of the largest lakes in Finland. Its shorelines, open waters and islands in Kainuu belong to the municipalities of Vaala, Paltamo and Kajaani.The highest point in Kainuu is the Iso Tuomivaara, located in the municipality of Hyrynsalmi. The regional climate is continental.Culturally Kainuu is part of larger Eastern-Finnish cultural heritage. The dialect of Kainuu is based on Savonian and Karelian dialects.MunicipalitiesThe region of Kainuu is made up of eight municipalities, of which three have city status (marked in bold).Kajaani sub-region: 23px Kajaani (37,664)23px Paltamo (3,493)23px Ristijärvi (1,356)23px Sotkamo (10,524) Kehys-Kainuu sub-region: 23px Hyrynsalmi (2,432)23px Kuhmo (8,820)23px Puolanka (2,784)23px Suomussalmi (8,342)

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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.