8 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Milan

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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.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Hietaranta Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Katajanokka. Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip planning app.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Milan in August, with highs in Helsinki at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Saariselka

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lapland Safaris Saariselka. Step off the beaten path and head to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos & Juutua Nature Trail). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in August, with highs in Saariselka at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ranua vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Ranua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
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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.