16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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 Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Nuuksio National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola), Heureka (in Vantaa) and Hameenlinna (Museo Militaria & Hauhon kirkko). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, get advice or help at The National Library of Finland, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyWheel Helsinki.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation planning site.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in December, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Amethyst Mine Lapland in Luosto--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary site.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

4
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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 Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Step out of Inari to go to Saariselka and see Hippupuoti Gift Shop, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell, experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, and trek along Juutua Nature Trail.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Inari, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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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 ©

Daughter of the Baltic

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, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

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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 -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Side Trip

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Room Escape Games

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