8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Turku Castle. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova (in Turku) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In October, Helsinki is colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Turku, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Inari trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in October, with highs in Inari at 3°C and lows at -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

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

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): cast your line with a fishing tour, then make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Inari to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. October in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Marttiini Store Old Factory ©
Marttiini Store Old Factory

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