13 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

13 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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13 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, and then take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online driving holiday planner .

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of subway, flight, taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Rovaniemi is 10 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between 60°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Museums
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 28th (Fri), look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, get outside with Scandinavian Adventures, and then get outside with Seven Fells Up. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pakasaivo.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, Pakasaivo
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures

2
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 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Siida, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. On the next day, stroll through Juutua Nature Trail, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then head outdoors with Lake Inari.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Inari day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Inari sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Trails
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Salla route tool .

Traveling by car from Inari to Salla takes 5 hours. July in Salla sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pyhatunturi visit planning website .

You can drive from Salla to Pyhatunturi in 2 hours. July in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Church of Sodankyla, Kopara Reindeer Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

3
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.
On the 5th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pyhatunturi to Helsinki. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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