14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Helsinki
— 1 night
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Helsinki is minus 6 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October, with highs in Helsinki at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:

Levi

— 3 nights
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 22nd (Mon): stroll through Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip builder.

Fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in October, expect Levi to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

Inari

— 2 nights
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 24th (Wed): get advice or help at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Inari day trip website.

Drive from Levi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Inari to Saariselka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Ranua Zoo. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, take an exotic tour of Arctic Lifestyle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.