7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in January, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Keep things going the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Seven Fells Up and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo attractions site.

Fly from Helsinki to Akaslompolo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Akaslompolo hover around -11°C and lows are around -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning website.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, Rovaniemi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Lapland travel guide

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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.