7 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in September, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 61°F and lows about 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car 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
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 19th (Thu), stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Tampere, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 42°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 Museums Nature
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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