5 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi
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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: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

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Oslo, Norway to Helsinki is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Oslo to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Oslo in January, plan for slightly colder days in Helsinki, with highs around -3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · 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.