9 days in Lapland, Kuopio & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lapland, Kuopio & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly
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Kuopio
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 day

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi holiday tool.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 13°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 13th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip maker site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Kuopio

— 3 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kuopio Market City Hall and Puijo Tower. There's much more to do: make a trip to Satamankulma, take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and relax in the rural setting at Konttila.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Inari to Kuopio in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kuopio, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Helsinki

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. The adventure continues: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kuopio to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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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.