12 days in Lapland, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland, Lappeenranta & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
2
Inari
— 1 night
3
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
4
Helsinki
— 5 nights

2
nights
Rovaniemi

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, thenenjoy 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 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, 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 °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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. On the 4th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, thentrek 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 °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Repovesi National Park and Imatra Waterfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Hevoshaan Arboretum. Go for a jaunt from Lappeenranta to Imatra to see Lammassaari Island about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip builder tool.

Getting from Inari to Lappeenranta by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in November, expect Lappeenranta to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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 ©
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.
Visiting Arboretum Mustila and Tulliniemi Nature Path will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and Teijo National Park. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Castle Hill (in Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). 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 °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Castle Hill, Nuuksio National Park, Teijo National Park, Tulliniemi Nature Path
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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