8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Birthplace of Jean Sibelius (in Hameenlinna) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the world behind art at Design Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki tour website .

Phoenix, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Phoenix to Helsinki. In September, Helsinki is much colder than Phoenix - with highs of 61°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Nuuksio National Park
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 15th (Tue), stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. On the next day, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell and then identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in September, you will find days in Rovaniemi are little chillier (53°F), and nights are about the same (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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