8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 2 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Dubai

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Johannes Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In December, Helsinki is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, you will find days in Saariselka are a bit cooler (-7°C), and nights are much colder (-17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Ranua

— 2 nights
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ranua Zoo.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Ranua vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Ranua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Parks
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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.