13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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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.
Kids will enjoy Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary planner.

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. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 12:

Akaslompolo

— 3 nights
Attractions like Icekarting Levi and Elan Ski Shop & Rental make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Akaslompolo to go to Levi and see Levi Ski Resort, which is approximately 52 minutes away.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Akaslompolo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Akaslompolo is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -11°C and lows of -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

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.
Kids will enjoy Santa Claus Village and Arktikum. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, have fun at Angry Birds Park, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and see Santa Claus Office.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Rovaniemi trip simple and quick.

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

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Fun & Games · Parks · Tours
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.