9 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuuksio National Park and The National Museum of Finland. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Heureka in Vantaa--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and walk around Kaisaneimi Park.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip planning tool.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, Helsinki is little chillier than Paris - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Get outdoors at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Discover out-of-the-way places like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos in Inari, about 58 minutes away. It doesn't end there: get outside with Lapland Safaris Saariselka.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saariselka holiday maker app.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in October, things will get little chillier in Saariselka: highs are around 3°C and lows about -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 30th (Sat), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ounasjoki - River for activities and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip builder tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Levi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

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.