23 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

23 days in Helsinki Region, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Joensuu
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Inari
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get outdoors at Aurinkolahti Beach and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, stop by Ullanlinna, and tee off at Tapiola Golf.

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dammam to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dammam in April, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:

Joensuu

— 2 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 2nd (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Honkaniemi Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joensuu Church, and finally kick back and relax at Utra Beach. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Treetop Adventure Park, then look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), and finally examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Joensuu trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Joensuu. In May in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Visiting Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Hatanpaa Arboretum will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Tampere takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get outdoors at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Lemmenjoki National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. The adventure continues: wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Inari by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tampere in May, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

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 10th (Fri): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop and then get outside with Seven Fells Up. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell and then identify plant and animal life at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Muonio trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Inari to Muonio takes 3.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's much more to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Levi tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Muonio to Levi by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 11 — 14:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Napapiirin Porofarmi and Safaris. Discover out-of-the-way places like Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi and Rovaniemi City Library. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, stop by Your Piece Of Finland, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, and have fun at Santa Claus Office.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

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.