9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Boston

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Poro Farmi, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Boston, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Boston in August; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 63°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Juutua Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Go for a jaunt from Saariselka to Inari to see Angeli Reindeer Farm about 1h 10 min away. On the 23rd (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Saariselka are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Temppeliaukion Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katajanokka and The National Museum of Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). Next up on the itinerary: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in August, with highs in Helsinki at 69°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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