8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Ranua
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Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 12th (Sun), get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ranua road trip planning tool.

Valletta, Malta to Ranua is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
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Saariselka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ranua to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Katajanokka and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning tool.

Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Saariselka, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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.