21 days in Lapland, Suomussalmi & Helsinki Itinerary

21 days in Lapland, Suomussalmi & Helsinki Itinerary

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21 days in Lapland, Suomussalmi & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Simo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Suomussalmi
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
6
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Moscow

6
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visit German Soldier s Cemetery and Rovaniemi Church for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Korouoma Canyon in Posio, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

Moscow, Russia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Rovaniemi is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Moscow in May: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Korouoma Canyon
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Kittila

Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stroll through Yllas Ski Resort and then take in the exciting artwork at Sarestoniemi Museum. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila, and finally make a trip to Snow Village.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kittila online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kittila takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kittila are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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 9th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Isokuru. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Amethyst Mine Lapland, then identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, and then get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Luosto day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kittila to Luosto takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Simo.

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

1
night
Simo

Simo ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Simo trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Luosto to Simo in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Simo

Parks Wildlife
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia

4
nights
Suomussalmi

Suomussalmi ©
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Venture out of the city with trips to Boreal Wildlife Centre (in Kuhmo), Syote National Park (in Syote) and Kuusamo (Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, Safaris, & more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre and don't miss a visit to The Silent People.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Suomussalmi road trip planner .

Drive from Simo to Suomussalmi in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kuusamo, Syote National Park, Boreal Wildlife Centre
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

5
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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temppeliaukion Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Kotka (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church & Riverside Park), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki travel itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Suomussalmi to Helsinki. June in Helsinki sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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