23 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

23 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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23 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Brisbane
Fly:  30​h
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sodankyla
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Levi
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  25​h
Brisbane

4
days
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lapland Forestry Museum and Arktikum. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Syvasenvaara Fell. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

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Brisbane, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in January, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between -10°C and -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Museums, #Theme Parks, #Parks
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Lapland Forestry Museum ©
Lapland Forestry Museum
SantaPark ©
SantaPark
Safaris

1
day
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 6th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue and then hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Salla in 2 hours. In January in Salla, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

3
days
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Get some cultural insight at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Step off the beaten path and head to Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Angry Birds Activity Park. When in Saariselka, make a side trip to see The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos in Inari, approximately 1h 05 min away.

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Drive from Salla to Saariselka in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sodankyla.

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
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

few
hours
Sodankyla

Sodankyla ©
Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland. On the 10th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luosto, view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sodankyla holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Sodankyla takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Sodankyla are -13°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Sodankyla

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums
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Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

2
days
Akaslompolo

On the 11th (Fri), stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures, and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Snow Village, and then contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

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Traveling by car from Sodankyla to Akaslompolo takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Snow Village, Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins
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Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take an in-depth tour of Samiland.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi attractions site .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Levi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Trails
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Head to Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatorifor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo). Pack the 17th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Rock Church, and explore the wide array of goods at Stockmann's Department Store.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In January, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Levi - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Bellevue Beach, Fagervik Museum
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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