9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Beirut
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  5​h
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Beirut

3
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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online day trip planner .

Beirut, Lebanon to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Beirut - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then don't miss a visit to Snow Village. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Akaslompolo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Akaslompolo at -11°C and lows at -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Tours Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Levi, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Safaris
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip planner .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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