16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  7​h 45​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:  5​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get outdoors at Auttikongas and Hiidenkirnut. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Syvasenvaara Fell and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Eeron Polku Trail (in Pello) and Tatuka Palvelut (in Ylitornio). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi vacation planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Rovaniemi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Rovaniemi at 13°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Eeron Polku Trail, Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Luosto online tour planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Luosto are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) 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 23rd (Sun): get outside with Seven Fells Up and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pakasaivo. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Luosto to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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 25th (Tue): make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Levi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to 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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Urho Kekkonen National Park and Siida. Escape the urban bustle at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Inari are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lemmenjoki National Park, Urho Kekkonen National Park
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Teijo national park and Kansallisgalleria. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki visit planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Tulliniemi Nature Path, Teijo National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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