32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 11 nights
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Inari
— 4 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Syote
— 1 night
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Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Espoo
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Espoo
— 4 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

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Helsinki

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 Marimekkofor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. 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. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, 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 18-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 travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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 · Tours

Side Trips

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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 · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

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 Christmas House Santa. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Eeron Polku Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, catch a live event at Lappi Areena, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see ratings and tourist information, read Rovaniemi journey planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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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

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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

Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

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Espoo

Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Museum-lovers will appreciate EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art and The Finnish Museum of Horology. Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Arctic Expedition. Explore Espoo's surroundings by going to Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg) and Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Iso Omena, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkonummen kirkko, have fun and explore at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka, and admire the masterpieces at Exhibition Centre WeeGee.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Espoo online trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Syote to Espoo with the Route module. In September, Espoo is somewhat warmer than Syote - with highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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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.