5 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

5 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Oslo, Norway to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Oslo in August: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in August, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.