7 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Katajanokka and Heureka. Get some cultural insight at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and The National Museum of Finland. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 33°F and lows about 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 1st (Tue), wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Turku sightseeing site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 1:

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Turku in March, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around 30°F and lows about 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:
Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Lapland travel guide

3.9
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.