8 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Market Square Kauppatori.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki travel tool.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 3.5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Mumbai in June: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally have fun at Angry Birds Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in June, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are slightly colder, around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

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.