17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + 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
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 45 min
4
Inari
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  14 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Arctic Emotions Oy and Napapiirin Porofarmi will get you outdoors. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Korouoma Canyon in Posio, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between 63°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Korouoma Canyon
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Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Safaris
Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, then identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland. On the next day, explore the stunning scenery at Isokuru and then do some two-wheel cruising with Luosto Adventures.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Luosto road trip planning website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Luosto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Luosto can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at Discover Lapland. There's still lots to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Luosto to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Levi sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks 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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lake Inari will get you outdoors. Explore Inari's surroundings by going to Saariselka (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Hippupuoti Gift Shop, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Juutua Nature Trail, tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Inari trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Levi to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can 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 ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a stroll through Katajanokka, then shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, and finally look for gifts at Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder app.

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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in August, with highs in Helsinki at 69°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up 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
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori

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