11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 3rd (Wed), see Santa Claus Office and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online travel planner.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in November, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -2°C and lows about -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): head outdoors with Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Levi online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Levi when traveling from Rovaniemi in November, with lows around -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Juutua Nature Trail & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruijanpolku Trail and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Saariselka driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 9:

Helsinki

— 4 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in November; daily highs in Helsinki reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.