13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Helsinki. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Akaslompolo

— 3 nights
Kids will enjoy Icekarting Levi and Levi Ski Resort. When in Akaslompolo, make a side trip to see Elan Ski Shop & Rental in Levi, approximately Levi away.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Akaslompolo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Akaslompolo at -11°C and lows at -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Arktikum. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Akaslompolo in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Fun & Games · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:

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.