19 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

19 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Posio
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Get some cultural insight at Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa), Guide-Matti (in Tammisaari) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Nuuksio National Park. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and see the interesting displays at Toy Museum Suomenlinna Helsinki.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki vacation planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 10th (Fri), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then stroll through Ruijanpolku Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip builder site.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In September, Saariselka is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:
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Muonio

— 2 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Sarkitunturi and then trek along Keimiotunturi Fell.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Muonio sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Saariselka to Muonio in 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Muonio are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do some two-wheel cruising with Luosto Adventures, take in breathtaking views at Isokuru, and then stroll through Pyhatunturi.

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Traveling by car from Muonio to Pyhatunturi takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Posio.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Posio

— 1 night
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Kota-Husky and then explore the striking landscape at Korouoma Canyon.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Posio travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Posio takes 2.5 hours. September in Posio sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Posio

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Kukkolankoski. There's much more to do: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, get a taste of life in the country at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel planner.

Drive from Posio to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.