8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 5 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.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online travel planner.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from London in October, plan for cooler days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 3°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in October, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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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.