7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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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 12th (Sun): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and finally get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

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Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping
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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 13th (Mon): head outdoors with Lake Inari, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, then tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

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Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Lapland travel guide

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.