12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Syvasenvaara Fell. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of Sodankyla and Tornio Church. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Luosto Adventures (in Luosto), Maupertuis Memorial (in Pello) and Luosto (in Sodankyla). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kukkolankoski, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online day trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Doha to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in October, things will get much colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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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.
On the 1st (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, trek along Ruijanpolku Trail, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Saariselka online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Guide-Matti and The Aalto House. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Bellevue Beach. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg), Hamina Town Hall (in Hamina) and Kotka (Kotka Church & Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Pyhan Laurin kirkko, appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mikael Agricola Church (Mikael Agricolan kirkko).

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki itinerary planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 7:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.