12 days in Lapland, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

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12 days in Lapland, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  8​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
3
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
4
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Dusseldorf

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 2nd (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary builder website .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dusseldorf to Rovaniemi. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, hike along Juutua Nature Trail, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Inari road trip tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Inari are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Trails Outdoors
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get outdoors at Repovesi National Park and Hevoshaan Arboretum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Imatra Waterfall. Step out of Lappeenranta with an excursion to Lammassaari Island in Imatra--about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Inari to Lappeenranta takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in November; daily highs in Lappeenranta reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Arboretum Mustila. Explore hidden gems such as Katajanokka and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Castle Hill (in Porvoo), Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church.

Plan my day in Helsinki using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Teijo National Park, Nuuksio National Park, Tulliniemi Nature Path, Castle Hill
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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