12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Start: Helsinki
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Levi
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 30 min
5
Inari
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Helsinki
— 5 nights
End: Helsinki

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary app.

Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 4- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Safaris
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
On the 19th (Wed), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Luosto trip planning website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Luosto sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 41°F at night. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Akaslompolo.
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Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): head outdoors with Seven Fells Up, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Akaslompolo using our trip planner.

You can drive from Luosto to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

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

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Samiland and then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary planning site.

You can take a bus from Akaslompolo to Levi in an hour. Another option is to drive. September in Levi sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Museums

Side Trip

Giewont Husky Adventures
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Samiland ©
Samiland
Giewont Husky Adventures ©
Giewont Husky Adventures

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and then trek along Juutua Nature Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Inari travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Levi to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. September in Inari sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites Trails
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Design Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Teijo National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online holiday planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in September, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 61°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin Ruukki
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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