9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights

1
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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): see Santa Claus Office and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: wander the wide-open spaces of Napapiirin Porofarmi, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boston in August: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive 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
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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get in touch with nature at Juutua Nature Trail and Angeli Reindeer Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church).

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka road trip app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks 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 ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Porvoo Old Town, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In August, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Saariselka - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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