14 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Aland Island Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Aland Island Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Fly
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Mariehamn
— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Market Square Kauppatori. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Porvoo Old Town, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Pack the 12th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market, and stroll around Sibelius Monument.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary website.

Durham, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Durham in June: highs in Helsinki hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 14:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and then get great views at Otsamo Fell.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in June, with highs in Inari at 57°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka itinerary planning site.

Drive from Inari to Saariselka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Saariselka are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Akaslompolo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Akaslompolo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

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.
On the 18th (Mon), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Levi are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 19:

Mariehamn

— 4 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Discover out-of-the-way places like Aland Maritime Museum and Kastelholm Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum (in Eckero) and Bomarsund (in Sund). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, catch a live event at Wiklof Holding Arena, steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn trip planner.

Fly from Levi to Mariehamn in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

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.

Aland Island travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Historic Sites
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.