13 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

13 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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13 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 1 night
4
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Portland

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, have fun at Santa Claus Office, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online tour itinerary planner .

Portland, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Portland to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Portland in May: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 51°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas ©
Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Safaris. Step out of the city life by going to Seven Fells Up and Scandinavian Adventures.

Plan trip to Akaslompolo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muonio
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

1
night
Levi

Levi
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 15th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi sightseeing planner.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Levi are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.
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3
nights
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 16th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park. On the next day, examine the collection at Siida, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Santalahti Nature Trail and Hietaranta Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Linden Esplanade. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa), Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Ullanlinna and explore the world behind art at Design Museum.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in May; daily highs in Helsinki reach 60°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kotka, Raseborg Castle, Bellevue Beach, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka