9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Temppeliaukio Church and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take a memorable drive along King's Road, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Helsinki is 8 hours. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 27°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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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.
On the 8th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka day trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Saariselka, with highs around 21°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

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Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
On the 9th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of Safartica Yllas and then explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo travel route planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 23°F during the day and 9°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

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.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Here are some ideas for day two: see Santa Claus Office and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online tour itinerary maker.

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 December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Museums · 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.