8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday builder

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Syote
— 1 night
Drive to Kuusamo Airport, Fly to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

S M T W T F S
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally admire the masterpieces at Design Museum.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Detroit, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Detroit in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 69°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Juutua Nature Trail, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Inari travel planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in August, things will get a bit cooler in Inari: highs are around 62°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Pyhatunturi takes 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Syote.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Syote

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Syote National Park.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Syote day trip site.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Syote in 3.5 hours. In August in Syote, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Syote

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Lapland travel guide

4
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.