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 · Trails · Historic Sites · Parks
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 Saaristokatu. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, and experience rural life at Konttila.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kuopio day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Kuopio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Inari in September since evenings lows in Kuopio dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Parks · Nature · Trails
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 Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. There's lots more to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip site.

Fly from Kuopio to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 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

Side Trip

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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.