8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi

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 6th (Tue): browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then see the top attractions with Feelapland.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Helsinki

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.
Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Ruoholahti Canal. Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Kamppi Shopping Centrefor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, visit Katajanokka, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rovaniemi in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

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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.