6 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

6 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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6 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago


1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online tour planner .

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in October, you will find days in Rovaniemi are cooler (37°F), and nights are slightly colder (30°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, examine the collection at Siida, and then experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Inari road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In October, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Wildlife Tours Museums
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Katajanokka. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 48°F and lows reach 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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