20 days in Helsinki, Savonlinna & Lapland Itinerary

20 days in Helsinki, Savonlinna & Lapland Itinerary

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20 days in Helsinki, Savonlinna & Lapland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h
3
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Levi
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Kemi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Room Escape Games. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Porvoo Old Town, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. Traveling from London in October, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
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 Siikalahti Wetland. Explore Savonlinna's surroundings by going to Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Parikkalan kirkko (in Parikkala). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Riihisaari, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna travel planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Helsinki in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Savonlinna: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parikkala, Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest 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.
To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Luosto trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Savonlinna to Luosto in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in October, with highs in Luosto at 3°C and lows at -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Inari.
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Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siida and Lake Inari.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Luosto to Inari in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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 24th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, 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 see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Levi holiday app .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kongas, Kittila
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Levi Huskypark ©
Levi Huskypark
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit 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 next day: head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo sightseeing planner.

Drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach 3°C, while at night they dip 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 Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

2
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
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), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

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

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Kemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in October, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Claus Office and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

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Traveling by train from Kemi to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. When traveling from Kemi in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

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