14 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Inari
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Inari
— 2 nights
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Helsinki is little chillier than London - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. In March, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 15:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 16th (Wed), wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then trek along Juutua Nature Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Inari online trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Inari. Expect slightly colder evenings in Inari when traveling from Koli National Park in March, with lows around -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 17:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Akaslompolo online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 17 — 19:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for museums, wildlife, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, cast your line with a fishing tour, see Santa Claus Office, and admire all the interesting features of Napapiirin Porofarmi.

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

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

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.