15 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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15 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Johannesburg
Fly:  25​h
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Saariselka
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Johannesburg

3
days
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Levi Ski Resort and Snow Village. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary maker site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Levi is an approximately 25-hour flight. In December, Levi is much colder than Johannesburg - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

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

3
days
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore hidden gems such as SantaPark and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Tatuka Palvelut in Ylitornio--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Parks

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

3
days
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Siida and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church in Inari, about 1h 10 min away. On the 5th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saariselka vacation maker website .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Outdoors, #Winter Sports, #Parks

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Inari
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

4
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 discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Kansallisgalleria. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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