11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
3
Levi
— 2 nights
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

2
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kallio Church and The Aalto House. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha, and see the interesting displays at Design Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip tool.

Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

King's Road
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Visit Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church for their historical value. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center in Inari, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, expect Saariselka to be a bit cooler, temps between -11°C and -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Levi.

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
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 10th (Thu), hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally hit the slopes at Kids' Land.

For photos and other tourist information, use the Levi holiday site.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): stop by Your Piece Of Finland and then fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
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Safaris
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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