10 days in Helsinki Region, Luosto & Rovaniemi Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki Region, Luosto & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Luosto
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planner.

Porto, Portugal to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Luosto

— 2 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Visiting Isokuru and Kopara Reindeer Park will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Sodankyla and Museum - Gallery Alariesto. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Luosto Adventures, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luosto, and go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Luosto route planning site.

Getting from Helsinki to Luosto by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Luosto when traveling from Helsinki in July, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rovaniemi Church and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Maupertuis Memorial and Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, make a trip to Marttiini Store Old Factory, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

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You can drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.