8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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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 7th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then see Santa Claus Office.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online road trip planner.

Newark, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newark in January, plan for much colder days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 16°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
On the 9th (Sun), trek along with Seven Fells Up and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

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Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect slightly colder evenings in Akaslompolo when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -2°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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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: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

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Traveling by flight from Akaslompolo to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 26°F and lows about 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.