32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 11 nights
2
Inari
— 4 nights
3
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
4
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
5
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
6
Syote
— 1 night
7
Espoo
— 4 nights

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.
Head to Old Market Hall and Kamppi Shopping Centrefor 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), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Sibelius Hall (in Lahti). Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation maker site.

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 61°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Vantaa, Porvoo, Arboretum Mustila, Sibelius Hall, Lehman
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
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. Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lemmenjoki National Park 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. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, trek along Juutua Nature Trail, and get great views at Otsamo Fell.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inari day trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in September: high temperatures in Inari hover around 52°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saariselka, Lemmenjoki National Park
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
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 · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
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 a sense of the local culture at Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre. 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 outside with TravelHouse, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Eeron Polku Trail
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 24th (Mon), identify plant and animal life 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

Luosto
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
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 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

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

4
nights
Espoo

Espoo ©
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 Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna), Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo) and Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Arctic Expedition, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkonummen kirkko, see the interesting displays 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 · Museums

Side Trips

Kirkkonummi, Hame Castle, Bellevue Beach, Fagervik Museum, Raseborg Castle
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle

Similar plans

33 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM INDIA June, teens, popular sights Preferences: June, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 33 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 30 days in Finland BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Lapland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, kids, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: November, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 3 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, historic sites, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: May, teens, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 3 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM FRANCE May, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: May, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 9 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM CANADA June, fast-paced, hidden gems Preferences: June Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 8 days in Lapland BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: December, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 5 days in Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: December, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans