14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Finnish Aviation Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and contemplate the long history of The Aalto House.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki vacation planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Jakarta to Helsinki. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in September, with highs in Helsinki at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 12th (Mon), examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in September, with highs in Saariselka at 13°C and lows at 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Levi

— 1 night
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 14th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi day trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Levi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Spas · Tours · Wildlife
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 15th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi visit planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.