11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Jeju, Jeju Island
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Jeju, Jeju Island

4
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.
Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Jeju, South Korea to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Jeju to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 26th (Wed), make a trip to Santa Claus Village, thensee Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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 27th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, thenbet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, thenview the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 29th (Sat), stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, thenfind something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Saariselka Bowling. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Saariselka trip simple and quick.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

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