8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki journey maker tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then gear up at Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): tour along fresh powder with Seven Fells Up and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Akaslompolo online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Akaslompolo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, Akaslompolo is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -11°C and lows of -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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.
On the 8th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Akaslompolo in January, with lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.