8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Santa Claus Village and Safaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi), Luosto (in Sodankyla) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, enjoy some diversion at Angry Birds Park, find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle, and engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rovaniemi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in October, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.