8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Inari
— 2 nights
3
Inari
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Mumbai

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 3rd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. On your second day here, take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from St. Petersburg in July, with highs in Rovaniemi at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Museums
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Safaris

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 5th (Thu), trek along Juutua Nature Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Lemmenjoki National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Inari trip maker site .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

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nights
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer and then take a memorable tour with Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari vacation planner.

On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Tuula's Reindeer ©
Tuula's Reindeer

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night
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.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, then contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in July, with highs in Helsinki at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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