11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
3
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Diego

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner .

San Diego, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Diego to Rovaniemi. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between 67°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
On the 30th (Tue), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ounasjoki - River for activities, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Levi sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

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Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukion Church. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder .

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in August: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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