8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Inari
— 1 night
3
Kittila
— 2 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National Museum of Finland and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Ruotsinpyhtaa to see Stromforsin Ruukki about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach, examine the collection at Design Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Alvar Aalto's studio.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Stromforsin Ruukki
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
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): take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Inari trip builder site.

Fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 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) early enough to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Inari

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

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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): kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, and finally bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kittila day trip tool.

Getting from Inari to Kittila by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Kittila, expect temperatures between 23°F during the day and 9°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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

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