9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation maker tool.

Cleveland, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. In October, Helsinki is slightly colder than Cleveland - with highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll through Yllas Ski Resort and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Akaslompolo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in October: high temperatures in Akaslompolo hover around 37°F and lows are around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 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.