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

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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.
On the 18th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki itinerary planner.

Durham, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. When traveling from Durham in November, plan for colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 40°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour builder.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in November, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between 28°F and 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
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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.