7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Pack the 15th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel planning app.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums
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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 20th (Tue): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi visit planning tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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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.