7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco


1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stop by LAURI, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website .

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of subway, flight, taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 16°F and lows are around 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Museums Winter Sports
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Safaris
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Akaslompolo

On the 27th (Sun), stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Akaslompolo, with lows of -2°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): make a trip to The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Inari are 15°F, while nighttime lows are 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Museums Tours
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, gain a rich perspective with Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally wander the streets of Katajanokka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Okra, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the exciting artwork at ARTag Gallery, view the masterpieces at Galleria Lapinlahti, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Forsblom.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in January, with highs in Helsinki at 26°F and lows at 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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