6 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Kuusamo Itinerary

6 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Kuusamo Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
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Helsinki
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
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Cork, Ireland to Helsinki is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Cork to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Helsinki is cooler than Cork - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see Santa Claus Office. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

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Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Fun & Games
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Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Oulanka National Park Visitor Center has been added to your itinerary. On the 21st (Fri), hit the slopes at Ruka and then get your bearings at Oulanka National Park Visitor Center.

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Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 22:

Helsinki

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and then contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

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You can fly from Kuusamo to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.