9 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  12 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 11th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online trip builder .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then go for a walk through Visavuori.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Visavuori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

4
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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Helsinki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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