17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 3 nights
4
Inari
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Take a break from the city and head to Korouoma Canyon and Arctic Emotions Oy. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi itinerary planner .

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between 63°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Korouoma Canyon
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
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 5th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla, then identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, and finally explore and take pictures at Amethyst Mine Lapland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Isokuru and then get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Luosto online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Luosto are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Sodankyla
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Safaris. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Discover Lapland. There's more to do: shop like a local with Elan Ski Shop & Rental and explore and take pictures at Icekarting Levi.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Levi travel site .

Drive from Luosto to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Discover Lapland ©
Discover Lapland

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Saariselka (Hippupuoti Gift Shop & Angry Birds Activity Park). And it doesn't end there: trek along Juutua Nature Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and head outdoors with Lake Inari.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Levi to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Inari, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours

Side Trip

Saariselka
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari

3
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.
On the 14th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a stroll through Katajanokka, then hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and finally stop by Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder app .

Fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park

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