22 days in Helsinki, Oulu & Lapland Itinerary

22 days in Helsinki, Oulu & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 9 nights
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Oulu
— 4 nights
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Muonio
— 2 nights
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 9 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Turku (Bike Rental - by Carfield, Turku Castle, &more) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Pack the 26th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online holiday planner.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 30:

Oulu

— 4 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Oulu is known for shopping, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, and engage your brain at Tietomaa.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oulu journey builder tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:

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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Sarkitunturi and then stroll through Keimiotunturi Fell.

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Getting from Oulu to Muonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Oulu in September: high temperatures in Muonio hover around 12°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
On the 6th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyhatunturi, then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland, and then take in the awesome beauty at Luosto.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Pyhatunturi travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Muonio to Pyhatunturi in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

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.
Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

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.