22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nuorgam
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kolari
— 1 night
Drive
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Tornio
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Luosto
— 2 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Guide-Matti and Arboretum Mustila. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Linden Esplanade (in Kotka), EKTA museum (in Raseborg) and Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Helsinki is cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 16:

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and LuontoLoma Pro Safaris. Get a sense of the local culture at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Saariselka (Ruijanpolku Trail & Hippupuoti Gift Shop). The adventure continues: trek along Juutua Nature Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and head outdoors with Lake Inari.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Inari road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in March, things will get little chillier in Inari: highs are around -1°C and lows about -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Nuorgam.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

Nuorgam

— 1 night
Nuorgam is a village in the Utsjoki municipality in the region of Lapland, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): cast your line with Alma Arktika.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nuorgam visit planning website.

Drive from Inari to Nuorgam in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Inari to Nuorgam, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Inari in March, Nuorgam is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -7°C. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Nuorgam

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 19 — 20:
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Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wingrens Dogsafaris.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Levi road trip site.

Traveling by car from Nuorgam to Levi takes 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nuorgam in March since evenings lows in Levi dip to -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kolari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

Kolari

— 1 night
Kolari is a municipality of Finland at the Swedish border, which follows the Torne River, the longest free-flowing river in Europe.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Powerun Adventures.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kolari trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Levi to Kolari takes 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kolari are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Kolari

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:
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Tornio

— 1 night
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the activities along Kukkolankoski, then cast your line with Nordic Safaris, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Tornio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kolari to Tornio takes 2.5 hours. March in Tornio sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tornio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 24:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Arctic Emotions Oy. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Pyhatunturi and see Pyha-Luosto National Park, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Tornio to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In March in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:

Luosto

— 2 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
On the 29th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, get a dose of the wild on Arctic Husky Farm, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luosto, and finally do some two-wheel cruising with Luosto Adventures.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Luosto day trip planning app.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Luosto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in March, expect slightly colder with lows of -13°C in Luosto. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:

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.