8 days in Lapland, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland, Turku & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Turku
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago

1
day
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then experience the excitement of Feelapland, and then take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

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. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Chicago in April: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 38°F, while lows dip to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 22nd (Mon), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Inari trip planner .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Inari are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 25th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally explore the galleries of Turku Castle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku itinerary app .

Fly from Inari to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in April, with highs in Turku at 46°F and lows at 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), wander the streets of Ullanlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online route planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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