32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 11 nights
Fly
2
Inari
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Syote
— 1 night
+2
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Espoo
7
Espoo
— 4 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Dallas

S M T W T F S
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6

Helsinki

— 11 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.
Head to Old Market Hall and Marimekko Oyjfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa), Sibelius Hall (in Lahti) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip planner.

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 61°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 13:

Inari

— 4 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Juutua Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel are in your itinerary. When in Inari, make a side trip to see Nature & Wildlife Tours in Saariselka, approximately Saariselka away. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and get great views at Otsamo Fell.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in September, things will get little chillier in Inari: highs are around 52°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Seven Fells Up, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Akaslompolo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. September in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get a sense of the local culture at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Auttikongas. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Eeron Polku Trail in Pello, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in September, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Kopara Reindeer Park and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2 hours. September in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Syote.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Syote

— 1 night
On the 26th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Syote National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Syote trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Syote takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Espoo.

Things to do in Syote

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Espoo

— 4 nights
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Museum-lovers will appreciate EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art and Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka. Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Bellevue Beach. Explore Espoo's surroundings by going to Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg), Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna) and Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Arctic Expedition, have fun and explore at Exhibition Centre WeeGee, engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology, and admire the striking features of Hvittrask.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Espoo vacation builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Syote to Espoo. In September, Espoo is a bit warmer than Syote - with highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

Lapland travel guide

4
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.