10 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

10 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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10 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + bus + train:  12​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 5 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 29th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning site .

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. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in August, with highs in Rovaniemi at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Safaris
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 31st (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park and then get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Luosto Adventures
Highlights from your plan
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): trek along Ruijanpolku Trail, trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally perfect your strike at Saariselka Bowling.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka holiday planner.

Drive from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. In August in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukion Church for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Galleria Ronga (in Tampere) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Market Square Kauppatori, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Saariselka - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tampere, Paavolan Tammi, Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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