8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  8​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Tankavaara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Edinburgh

1
day
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 3rd (Wed): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online sightseeing planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Shopping
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Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Luosto online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Luosto are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Tankavaara.

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Safaris
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Safaris

1
night
Tankavaara

Tankavaara ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tankavaara trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Luosto to Tankavaara in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Tankavaara can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tankavaara

Museums
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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night
Inari

Inari ©
On the 6th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner .

You can drive from Tankavaara to Inari in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kansallisgalleria and Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hietaniemi Cemetery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Fagervik Museum, Nuuksio National Park, Cathedral of Porvoo, Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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