32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

32 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Espoo Itinerary

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Start: Dallas
+2
Tram + Foot + Fly:  17 h
1
Helsinki
— 11 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  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.
Head to Old Market Hall and Sibelius Hallfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Lehman (in Kotka), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). Pack the 10th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki tour planner.

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of tram and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of tram, flight, and ferry. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Dallas to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In September, Helsinki is colder than Dallas - with highs of 61°F and lows of 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

Vantaa, Porvoo, 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. 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, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inari day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. 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
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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.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, 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
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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 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. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive 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 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 photos, reviews, where to stay, 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
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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
To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Syote driving holiday planner.

Getting from Pyhatunturi to Syote by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Syote are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. On the 27th (Thu), you'll travel to Espoo.

Things to do in Syote

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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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 The Finnish Museum of Horology. 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). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Arctic Expedition, explore the engaging exhibits at Exhibition Centre WeeGee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Espoo Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Hvittrask.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, 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

Side Trips

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

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