9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 1 night
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take a memorable drive along King's Road, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chicago in February since evenings lows in Helsinki dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In February, Saariselka is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 22°F and lows of 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of Safartica Yllas and then explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo visit planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Akaslompolo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. February in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 24°F and lows of 13°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 12:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. On the next day, see Santa Claus Office and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In February, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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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.