8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
2
Inari
— 1 night
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Santa Claus Office. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Ranua Zoo in Ranua--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

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New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 30°F and lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get outside with Lake Inari, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Inari online trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, daytime highs in Inari are 29°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mannerheim Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sinebrychoff Art Museum and The National Museum of Finland. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Aalto House.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki holiday maker site.

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in March, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Finnish Aviation Museum
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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