7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Yllasjarvi
— 1 night
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Tatuka Reindeerfarm (in Ylitornio). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and wander the wide-open spaces of Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Tampa, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tampa to Rovaniemi. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Tampa in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Yllasjarvi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Yllasjarvi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on Powerun Adventures, gear up at Jemes Sport, and then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yllasjarvi online attractions planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Yllasjarvi in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Yllasjarvi can reach 23°F, while at night they dip to 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Yllasjarvi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
On the 25th (Sat), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yllasjarvi to Helsinki. Traveling from Yllasjarvi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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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.