19 days in Helsinki Region, Kuusamo & Lapland Itinerary

19 days in Helsinki Region, Kuusamo & Lapland Itinerary

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Drive to Ben Gurion International Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Loviisa
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Loviisa
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Kuusamo
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Kuusamo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Loviisa

— 3 nights
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Loviisa: Kotka (Kotka Church, Riverside Park, &more) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Söderskärin majakka, soothe aching muscles at Villa Mandala, pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael Church, and look for gifts at Riimikko.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Loviisa trip itinerary builder tool.

Jerusalem, Israel to Loviisa is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Jerusalem in September, things will get colder in Loviisa: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Kuusamo

— 4 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuusamo: Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma) and Posio (Pentik Hill, Korouoma Canyon, &more). The adventure continues: get outside with Karhunkierros, get a dose of the wild on Ruka Safaris Ltd - Day Tours, see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and soothe aching muscles at Rukaland.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo road trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Loviisa to Kuusamo with the Route module. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Loviisa in September, with highs in Kuusamo at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

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.
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, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in September, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Muonio

— 2 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell, take in the awesome beauty at Sarkitunturi, and then explore the activities along Pakasaivo.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Muonio trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Muonio in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Muonio are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 17th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka online itinerary builder.

Drive from Muonio to Saariselka in 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Saariselka are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Trails · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in September, with highs in Helsinki at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:

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.