12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 15​min
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
London

3
days
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Spas
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games

2
days
Inari

Inari ©
On the 25th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and then go for a walk through Otsamo Fell. On the next day, examine the collection at Siida, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then take a stroll around The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Inari: temperatures range from -7°C by day to -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

#Shopping, #Tours, #Museums
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
days
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Action Park and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka route maker website .

Traveling by car from Inari to Saariselka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Kittila.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Winter Sports, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
days
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. On the 29th (Sat), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, gain insight at Kid's Land, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kittila tour planner .

You can drive from Saariselka to Kittila in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kittila

#Winter Sports, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trip

Levi
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

2
days
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally admire all the interesting features of Tatuka Palvelut.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Kittila to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Tatuka Palvelut
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SantaPark ©
SantaPark
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
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