8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Kittila
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Washington DC

2
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Let the collections at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Alvar Aalto's studio capture your imagination. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Stromforsin ruukki in Ruotsinpyhtaa, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online journey builder .

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 37°F and lows reach 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Stromforsin ruukki
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, then examine the collection at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Helsinki, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Inari, ranging from highs of 21°F to lows of 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

2
nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, and finally admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kittila online journey maker .

You can drive from Inari to Kittila in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Kittila sees daily highs of 23°F and lows of 9°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kittila

Parks Trails Adventure

Side Trip

Levi
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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