16 days in Helsinki Region, Vaasa & Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki Region, Vaasa & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Vaasa
— 4 nights
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online visit planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:

Vaasa

— 4 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Go for a jaunt from Vaasa to Mustasaari to see Saltkaret about 40 minutes away. Spend the 31st (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko and examine the collection at Terranova.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Vaasa trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Vaasa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi visit planning site.

Getting from Vaasa to Rovaniemi by train takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. While traveling from Vaasa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

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. On the 5th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sarkitunturi.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Muonio road trip tool.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Muonio in 3 hours. September in Muonio sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 7th (Tue), stroll through Urho Kekkonen National Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka online route planner.

Drive from Muonio to Saariselka in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

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.