8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi
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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: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Amethyst Mine Lapland in Luosto, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in September: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Nature

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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.