7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi visit website.

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. In January, Rovaniemi is colder than San Francisco - with highs of 16°F and lows of 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

1
night
Akaslompolo

On the 27th (Sun), look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier 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 ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 28th (Mon), explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari online vacation planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In January in Inari, expect temperatures between 15°F during the day and 1°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, admire the masterpieces at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally stop by Katajanokka. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Okra, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, shop like a local with ARTag Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Galleria Lapinlahti, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Forsblom.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in January, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°F and 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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