9 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

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 11th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping
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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

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): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then get engrossed in the history at Visavuori.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and find something for the whole family at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · 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.