7 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Newark

2
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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online vacation planner .

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Helsinki is 7 hours. In September, Helsinki is little chillier than Newark - with highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 18th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Childrens Museums Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in September, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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