7 days in Helsinki Region, Lapland & Vaasa Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki Region, Lapland & Vaasa Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki Region, Lapland & Vaasa Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  16​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Saariselka
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
train:  4​h 30​min
5
Vaasa
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: Umea

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Uutelan luontopolku. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, head outdoors with Haagan Alppiruusupuisto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and hike along Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki sightseeing planner .

Houston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Helsinki is 8 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in May; daily highs in Helsinki reach 60°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You've now added Pyha-Luosto National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally examine the collection at Christmas House Santa.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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hours
Saariselka

Saariselka
On the 23rd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

Before you visit Saariselka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online vacation planner .

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

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Korundi House of Culture ©
Korundi House of Culture

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day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum and then step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Vaasa trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Vaasa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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