7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Aalborg
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Aalborg

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), look for gifts at Taiga Colors, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On the next day, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planner .

Aalborg, Denmark to Helsinki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Aalborg to Helsinki is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Aalborg in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Neighborhoods Beaches Parks
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Inari road trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Inari reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

2
nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. On the 15th (Tue), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Snow Village, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get your game on at Kid's Land.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kittila travel route builder .

You can drive from Inari to Kittila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kittila are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kittila

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Levi
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Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 17th (Thu), see Santa Claus Office and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker website .

You can drive from Kittila to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Kittila in January, Rovaniemi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -17°C. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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