10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland Trip Planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

— 6 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 a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Popular historic sites such as The Aalto House and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Hvittrask in Kirkkonummi--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Helsinki City Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip itinerary builder.

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Helsinki, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 29:

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 30th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, get engrossed in the history at Forestry Museum of Lapland, and then fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
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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.