12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
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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 27th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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San Diego, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in July: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 67°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Helsinki

— 8 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.
Family-friendly places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Laajalahti Nature Reserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town), Heureka (in Vantaa) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring nature at Teijo National Park. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.