16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
3
Inari
— 4 nights
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and SkyWheel Helsinki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Heureka (in Vantaa) and Hameenlinna (Museo Militaria & Hauhon kirkko). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, get your bearings at The National Library of Finland, and examine the collection at The Parola Armour Museum.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Nuuksio National Park, Heureka, The Parola Armour Museum
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Amethyst Mine Lapland in Luosto--about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between °C and °C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Step off the beaten path and head to Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Otsamo Fell. Step out of Inari to go to Saariselka and see Hippupuoti Gift Shop, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, and trek along Juutua Nature Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Inari tour itinerary app.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in December since evenings lows in Inari dip to °C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, thenadmire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, thentest your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

Make your Helsinki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Room Escape Games

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