9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki route planner.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online journey maker.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

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.