16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Levi
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 30 min
5
Inari
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Barcelona

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rovaniemi Church and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Pilke Science Centre. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in August, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Luosto online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Luosto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Luosto can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

2
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Akaslompolo

On the 10th (Fri), get outside with Seven Fells Up and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pakasaivo. Keep things going the next day: stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Luosto to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pakasaivo
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Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Pakasaivo ©
Pakasaivo

1
night
Levi

Levi
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures and then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

You can take a bus from Akaslompolo to Levi in an hour. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.
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4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get outdoors at Lemmenjoki National Park and Lake Inari. Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's more to do: experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer and get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kansallisgalleria and Arboretum Mustila. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Pernio to see Teijo National Park about 1h 50 min away. Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaari Zoo, and stroll around Sibelius Monument.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip site.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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