11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 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 28th (Sun), wander the wide-open spaces of Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel route planner.

San Diego, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from San Diego to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in July: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 67°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities and then stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

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You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Tours · Trails · Outdoors
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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows 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 · Parks
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Hakaniemi Market. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip app.

Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in August, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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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.