9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Seoul
Train + Fly:  13 h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Mannerheim Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and admire the striking features of Johannes Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning tool.

Seoul, South Korea to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Korean Standard Time (KST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. When traveling from Seoul in October, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time 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 ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your inner history buff will appreciate German Soldier s Cemetery and Rovaniemi Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Arktikum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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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