5 days in Lapland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

5 days in Lapland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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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 17th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Santa Claus Village and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online trip planner.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Rovaniemi is 2 hours. Traveling from London in October, you will find days in Rovaniemi are cooler (3°C), and nights are little chillier (-1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Inari day trip website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): get advice or help at Turku City Library and then explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip builder app.

You can fly from Inari to Turku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in October, things will get a bit warmer in Turku: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Lapland travel guide

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.

Southwest Finland travel guide

Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.