11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  14​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Kemi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  17​h
End: Bangkok

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Bangkok, Thailand to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Room Escape Games

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
On the 27th (Thu), get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida.

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You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Inari, with highs around -7°C, while nights are colder with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Inari

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

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 28th (Fri): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kittila online trip builder .

Getting from Inari to Kittila by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kittila can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Kittila

Parks Tours Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Luosto visit planning tool .

You can drive from Kittila to Luosto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Luosto are -8°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, then admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kemi online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Luosto to Kemi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Luosto in December, with highs in Kemi at -3°C and lows at -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, stop by LAURI, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip site .

You can take a train from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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