9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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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) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, explore and take pictures at King's Road, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder website.

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Helsinki is 8 hours. While traveling from Chicago, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of -3°C to lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -11°C and lows are around -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, take an exotic tour of Safartica Yllas and then admire the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

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 10th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Santa Claus Office and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online tour planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Akaslompolo in January, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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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.