7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 1st (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arctic Emotions Oy and then head outdoors with Tatuka Reindeerfarm.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi sightseeing planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Copenhagen in May: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Tue), get a dose of the wild on Powerun Adventures and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Step out of Helsinki to go to Tammisaari and see Guide-Matti, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour website.

Traveling by flight from Akaslompolo to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in May, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 18°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Lapland travel guide

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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.