15 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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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.
Get outdoors at Ranua Zoo and Syvasenvaara Fell. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Korouoma Canyon in Posio, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi online driving holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11-hour flight. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in August, with highs in Rovaniemi at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
On the 8th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures, take in breathtaking views at Isokuru, and then hit the slopes at Pyhatunturi.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Muonio

— 2 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sarkitunturi and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Muonio journey planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Muonio in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Muonio

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka visit site.

Getting from Muonio to Saariselka by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Nature · Winter Sports · Parks
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Laajalahti Nature Reserve. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

Plan my day in Helsinki using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 18:

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.