6 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

6 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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6 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  5​h 30​min
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Kittila
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Zurich

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night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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 16th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Zurich, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Inari

Inari ©
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 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Inari trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in May, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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Pyhatunturi

On the 19th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Inari to Pyhatunturi takes 3.5 hours. May in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kittila.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Kopara Reindeer Park
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Safaris
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park

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nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Kittila travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Kittila takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports

Side Trip

Levi
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

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