8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki vacation maker website.

Baku, Azerbaijan to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Baku in October, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka day trip website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in October, with highs in Saariselka at 3°C and lows at -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Nature · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports
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Highlights from your trip

Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Luosto Adventures and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi trip tool.

Getting from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Pyhatunturi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): make a trip to Santa Claus Village and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online attractions planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In October in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

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.