9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online tour planner.

Toronto, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in September, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, around 6°C, while days are much colder, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Tours
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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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.