32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

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32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  17​h
1
Helsinki
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Inari
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Syote
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Espoo
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Dallas

11
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Sibelius Hall and Flamingo Entertainment Centre. Step out of the city life by going to Aurinkolahti Beach and Lehman. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Porvoo (Runeberg Park & Kokonniemi). Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, stroll through Hietaranta Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online tour planner .

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Helsinki is 8 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 61°F and lows reach 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Vantaa, Lehman, Arboretum Mustila, Sibelius Hall
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Take a break from the city and head to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lemmenjoki National Park. Take a break from Inari with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Saariselka, about 1h 10 min away.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Inari online vacation planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in September; daily highs in Inari reach 52°F and lows reach 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

Side Trips

Saariselka, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Seven Fells Up, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo attractions planner.

Drive from Inari to Akaslompolo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Auttikongas. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Pello and see Eeron Polku Trail, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and admire all the interesting features of Lappi Areena.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi attractions planner.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in September, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Eeron Polku Trail
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 24th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, and then explore and take pictures at Amethyst Mine Lapland. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2.5 hours. September in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Syote.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Luosto
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

1
night
Syote

Syote ©
On the 26th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Syote National Park.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Syote online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Syote takes 3.5 hours. September in Syote sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Espoo.

Things to do in Syote

Parks Nature
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Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

4
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Arctic Expedition. Popular historic sites such as Raseborg Castle and Kirkkonummen kirkko are in your itinerary. Explore Espoo's surroundings by going to Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo), Hame Castle (in Haemeenlinna) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hvittrask, explore the engaging exhibits at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Espoo road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Syote to Espoo. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Syote in September: high temperatures in Espoo hover around 61°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kirkkonummi, Bellevue Beach, Fagervik Museum, Raseborg Castle, Hame Castle
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle

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