12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Diego

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip maker app .

San Diego, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. In July, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

8
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Heureka. Step off the beaten path and head to Nuuksio National Park and Arboretum Mustila. Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town), Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porvoo, Espoo, Hameenlinna, Heureka, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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