16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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
5
Inari
— 4 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like SantaPark and Snowman World Igloo Hotel will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Auttikongas and Syvasenvaara Fell. There's lots more to do: see Santa Claus Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi attractions planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Rovaniemi is colder than Barcelona - with highs of 20°C and lows of 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
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Luosto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Luosto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Luosto sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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
nights
Akaslompolo

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): head outdoors with Seven Fells Up and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pakasaivo. On the next day, look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

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Getting from Luosto to Akaslompolo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pakasaivo
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Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures

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): make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner .

Drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Giewont Husky Adventures, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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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. Explore hidden gems such as Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lemmenjoki National Park. Get outdoors at Lake Inari and Inari Reindeerfarm.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Inari sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to 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 ©
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari

4
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Discover out-of-the-way places like Teijo national park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Arboretum Mustila in Elimaki, approximately 1h 45 min away. Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Helsinki Zoo, appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 24°C and lows reach 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

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

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