8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rovaniemi Church and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ranua Zoo. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi attractions tool.

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. Traveling from New York City in March, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around 30°F and lows about 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Inari

— 1 night
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 · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mannerheim Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Kallio Church. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in March; daily highs in Helsinki reach 37°F and lows reach 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 13:

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.