8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Helsinki
Fly + Bus:  4 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Muonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Helsinki
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Helsinki

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day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 2nd (Sat), stop by Your Piece Of Finland, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally shop like a local with Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 4- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in March, with highs in Rovaniemi at -1°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. On the 3rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Muonio trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Muonio in 3 hours. In March in Muonio, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Muonio

Nature Parks
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take a stroll through Ullanlinna, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally stroll through Hietaranta Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Muonio to Helsinki takes 12 hours. Traveling from Muonio in March, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 3°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 6th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in March; daily highs in Saariselka reach -1°C and lows reach -12°C. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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