14 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Lahti
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport

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Helsinki

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

Budapest, Hungary to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Budapest to Helsinki. In September, Helsinki is slightly colder than Budapest - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Koli National Park

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Paateri, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and examine the collection at Pielisen Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Traveling from Helsinki in September, expect nights in Koli National Park to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Angry Birds Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

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Saariselka

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 16th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka travel planning app.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Saariselka sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Lahti.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

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Lahti

Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): do some rugged touring at Jump Up, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, and then let little ones run wild at Laune Central Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Padasjoen Tuomastornit, hike along Pulkkilanharju Nature Trail, then learn more about the world around you at The Recreational Fishing Museum of Finland, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola, and finally examine the collection at Apulandia.

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Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Lahti takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in September: high temperatures in Lahti hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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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.