5 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki Region & 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park and then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip itinerary builder.

Hamburg, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Hamburg to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hamburg in September, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

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 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Arctic Emotions Oy and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi vacation site.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

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.