8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and The Aalto House. Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Turku, Nuuksio National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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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 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Inari online day trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in October: high temperatures in Inari hover around 3°C and lows are around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

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

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): see what you can catch with a fishing tour, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi attractions planner.

Getting from Inari to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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