8 days in Lapland, Savonlinna & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland, Savonlinna & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland, Savonlinna & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 14th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi driving holiday tool .

Chicago, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, around 26°F, while days are cooler, around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Akaslompolo tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna sightseeing site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Akaslompolo to Savonlinna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. While traveling from Akaslompolo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Savonlinna, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip site .

Drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. April in Helsinki sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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