9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Seoul
train + Fly:  13​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Seoul

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Explore hidden gems such as Nuuksio National Park and Kansallisgalleria. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and steep yourself in history at The Aalto House.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planning site .

Seoul, South Korea to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Seoul to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seoul in October, you will find days in Helsinki are little chillier (10°C), and nights are much colder (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some cultural insight at German Soldier s Cemetery and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kopara Reindeer Park. Change things up with a short trip to Korouoma Canyon in Posio (about 1h 40 min away). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel website .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in October, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kopara Reindeer Park, Korouoma Canyon
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park

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