9 days in Central Finland & Lapland Itinerary

9 days in Central Finland & Lapland Itinerary

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9 days in Central Finland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27​h
Petajavesi
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
Inari
— Few hours
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

1
night
Petajavesi

Petajavesi ©
Petäjävesi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Western Finland, next to Jyväskylä and is part of the Central Finland region. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, then hit the slopes at Himos Ski Resort, then explore the galleries of Kuokkalan kartano, and finally get engrossed in the history at Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Petajavesi Old Church, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, then see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland, then examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Finnish Air Force Museum.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Petajavesi day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Petajavesi is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Petajavesi. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Petajavesi hover around -2°C and lows are around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Petajavesi

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Jyvaskyla, Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, Himos Ski Resort
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Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum
The Alvar Aalto Museum ©
The Alvar Aalto Museum
Himos Ski Resort ©
Himos Ski Resort

few
hours
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari vacation site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Petajavesi to Inari. Traveling from Petajavesi in December, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between -7°C and -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

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

2
nights
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 20th (Thu): examine the collection at The Sarestoniemi Museum, take an in-depth tour of Samiland, and then get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Levi route builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Winter Sports, #Trails

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Levi Huskypark, The Sarestoniemi Museum
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

2
nights
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 22nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, then get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and finally explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

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Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
Korundi House of Culture ©
Korundi House of Culture

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