15 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 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.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel route planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 3.5 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in September; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 13°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Koli National Park

— 4 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: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, stroll through Makravaara Hill, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Koli National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In September, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna visit planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. September in Helsinki sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:

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.