12 days in Lapland, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Inari
— 1 night
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 5 nights

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dusseldorf in November: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -2°C and lows are around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 4th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then trek along Juutua Nature Trail, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Inari trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
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Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Take a break from the city and head to Repovesi National Park and Lammassaari Island. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Hevoshaan Arboretum. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Inari to Lappeenranta in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in November, expect Lappeenranta to be somewhat warmer, temps between 3°C and -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
Visiting Arboretum Mustila and Teijo National Park will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and Nuuksio National Park. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko) and Castle Hill (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

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Getting from Lappeenranta to Helsinki by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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