20 days in Helsinki, Savonlinna & Lapland Itinerary

20 days in Helsinki, Savonlinna & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Savonlinna
— 4 nights
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Luosto
— 1 night
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Inari
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 1 night
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Kemi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Hakaniemi Market. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Porvoo Old Town about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker site.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in October, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Savonlinna

— 4 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olavinlinna Castle and Olavinlinnan Musta Passi. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Parikkala (Siikalahti Wetland & Parikkalan kirkko) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). The adventure continues: get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna holiday planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in October, you will find days in Savonlinna are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Luosto

— 1 night
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
On the 20th (Sun), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Luosto holiday maker site.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Luosto takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, Luosto is slightly colder than Savonlinna - with highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.
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Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Step off the beaten path and head to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Inari Reindeer Farm. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, get great views at Otsamo Fell, get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Inari trip planner.

You can drive from Luosto to Inari in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 24th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm and then get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Levi day trip app.

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Sat), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): get outside with Seven Fells Up.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Kemi

— 2 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), admire the striking features of Kemi Church, then stop by Icebreaker Sampo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kemi trip planner.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Kemi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Kemi can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Auttikongas and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, catch a live event at Lappi Areena, and see Santa Claus Office.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planning site.

Getting from Kemi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Kemi in October, plan for little chillier days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

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.