15 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
2
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
3
Helsinki
— 9 nights

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planning website.

Vienna, Austria to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Vienna to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Vienna - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Pyhatunturi, go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland, view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, then take in the awesome beauty at Luosto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pyhatunturi trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Amethyst Mine Lapland, Pyhatunturi
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Luosto ©
Luosto
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

9
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hiidenkirnut (in Askola), Tuusula Church (in Tuusula) and Espoo (Kaitalampi & Nuuksio National Park). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki vacation planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pyhatunturi to Helsinki. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Pyhatunturi in August since evenings lows in Helsinki dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Espoo, Porvoo, Hiidenkirnut, Tuusula Church
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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