8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  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.
Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The National Museum of Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Ruotsinpyhtaa to see Stromforsin Ruukki about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Alvar Aalto's studio, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, and see the interesting displays at Design Museum.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

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 reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Inari trip builder site.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. 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

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): kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kittila road trip planner.

You can drive from Inari to Kittila in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°F, and evening lows to 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kittila

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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