11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Chongqing
taxi + Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  13​h
End: Chongqing

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Fri), take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planning site .

Chongqing, China to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. In July, Rovaniemi is much colder than Chongqing - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, stroll through Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, and then examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Snow Village and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Snow Village, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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 30th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and finally explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Levi trip tool .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Levi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

3
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 3rd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Fortress of Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Helsinki Zoo.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In August, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Saariselka - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

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