8 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  15​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Seattle

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Cathedral of Porvoo, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

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Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Helsinki is 10 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Explore hidden gems such as Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Juutua Nature Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, Angeli Reindeer Farm, & more). On the 6th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Saariselka online road trip planner .

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in August, things will get little chillier in Saariselka: highs are around 62°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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