5 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Doha, Qatar to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Doha to Helsinki. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Doha in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Office.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.