8 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Luosto
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria will appeal to museum buffs. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa, approximately Vantaa away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, head outdoors with Haagan Alppiruusupuisto, make a trip to Senate Square, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online trip maker.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Brussels to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Helsinki are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Saariselka

— 1 night
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 17th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in June: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around 16°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Saariselka

Nature · Trails · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Luosto

— 1 night
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
On the 18th (Fri), get a dose of the wild on Arctic Husky Farm, then take in breathtaking views at Isokuru, and then get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Luosto tour planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Luosto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then see Santa Claus Office.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip website.

You can drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Fun & Games
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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.