8 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Popular historic sites such as Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum capture your imagination. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online journey planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. June in Helsinki sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
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 (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Inari tour itinerary site .

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in June, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between 16°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Tours Outdoors Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 27th (Thu), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Inari to Akaslompolo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. June in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Safaris

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then look for gifts at Keittioelamaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Akaslompolo to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Spas & Wellness

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