8 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus to Kittilän koulukeskus, Fly to Paris

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Helsinki

— 3 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: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki travel route planner.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Paris to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Paris in September: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): hike along Akka-Koli Hill and then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Paha-Koli Hill and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Koli National Park, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

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 27th (Mon): see Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi holiday builder tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. September in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

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.