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:  22​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Levi
— Few hours
4
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step off the beaten path and head to Auttikongas and Syvasenvaara Fell. Change things up with a short trip to Tatuka Palvelut in Ylitornio (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, and take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in Rovaniemi are colder (53°F), and nights are a bit cooler (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Lappi Areena ©
Lappi Areena

2
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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 11th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Pakasaivo, get outside with Seven Fells Up, and then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo journey planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pakasaivo
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Pakasaivo ©
Pakasaivo
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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hours
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 12th (Wed), make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Levi sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Giewont Husky Adventures
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LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

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 13th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell and then head outdoors with Lake Inari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Siida, experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Inari route planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Inari sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, look for gifts at Pien, make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helsinki sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 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 September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 61°F and lows reach 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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