22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

8
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Kids will enjoy Bellevue Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg), Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja) and Pieni Suklaatehdas (in Porvoo). Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Aurlahti Beach, Holy Cross Church, Raseborg Castle, Pieni Suklaatehdas
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siida and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Gold Prospector Museum. On the 27th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida ©
Siida
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
nights
Muonio

Muonio ©
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 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo and then steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Enontekio Church and then make a trip to Pyhakero.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Muonio road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Muonio takes 3.5 hours. In December in Muonio, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kittila.

Things to do in Muonio

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Enontekio
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Enontekio Church ©
Enontekio Church
Pyhakero ©
Pyhakero

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Snow Village, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, and finally admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kittila trip planner .

Drive from Muonio to Kittila in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kittila are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kittila

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trip

Levi
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

4
nights
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 Safaris. Kids will enjoy Santa Claus Village and Pilke Science Centre. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at LAURI, enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Kittila to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kittila in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums
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SantaPark ©
SantaPark
Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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