13 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

13 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 30 min
4
Inari
— 3 nights
Shuttle + 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Auttikongas and Hiidenkirnut. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Tatuka Reindeerfarm in Ylitornio--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, see where the action happens at Lappi Areena, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi driving holiday planning site.

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive 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

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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the activities along Pakasaivo, then get outside with Seven Fells Up, and then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip maker.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the bus 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi road trip site.

Take a bus from Akaslompolo to Levi in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Levi, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Shopping Museums

Side Trips

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

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): get great views at Otsamo Fell and then head outdoors with Lake Inari. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Inari day trip planning app.

Getting from Levi to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Inari, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

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

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo--about 50 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, stop by Pien Shop & Bar, get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaari Zoo, and stroll around Sibelius Monument.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online journey maker.

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 61°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trip

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

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