5 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

5 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip website.

Mexico City, Mexico to Rovaniemi is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Mexico City in January, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between -10°C and -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki tour site.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · 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.