8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius (in Hameenlinna). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki planner.

Phoenix, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air 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, thenlearn 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 Napapiirin Porofarmi.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in September, you will find days in Rovaniemi are little chillier (°F), and nights are about the same (°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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