13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 1 night
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Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation maker.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka online day trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get slightly colder in Saariselka: highs are around -11°C and lows about -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Akaslompolo

— 3 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Akaslompolo: Levi (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Icekarting Levi, &more).

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Akaslompolo visit planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Akaslompolo in January, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

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.