9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary maker

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

Start: Boston
Fly + Bus:  16 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + 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): 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 reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. 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 63°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
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 Juutua Nature Trail. Get in touch with nature at Angeli Reindeer Farm and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church).

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, 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 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°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
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temppeliaukio Church and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Katajanokka, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up 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
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

Similar Plans

10 days in Lapland & Helsinki BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Helsinki Region BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Lapland BY A USER FROM FRANCE October, kids, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: October, kids, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Helsinki Region BY A USER FROM HONG KONG SAR CHINA August, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular sights Preferences: August, relaxing, romantic, beaches Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Lapland BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Lapland BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Helsinki Region BY A USER FROM INDIA July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 12 days in Helsinki Region BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in Lapland BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 10 days in Lapland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 11 days in Lapland BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, culture, outdoors, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans