13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki — 4 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Helsinki is 5 hours. In January, Helsinki is much colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Akaslompolo.
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Akaslompolo — 3 nights

Kids will enjoy Icekarting Levi and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. When in Akaslompolo, make a side trip to see Levi Ski Resort in Levi, approximately Levi away.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Akaslompolo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Akaslompolo at -11°C and lows at -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi — 4 nights

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Santa Claus Office. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Angry Birds Park, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Akaslompolo in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.
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