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: La Rochelle
Drive + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h
End: La Rochelle

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 8th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, then look for gifts at LAURI, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then experience rural life at Poro Farmi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip builder site .

La Rochelle, France to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from La Rochelle in March, with highs in Rovaniemi at -1°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get interesting insight from Levi Ski Resort. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Levi online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Levi sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In March, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Saariselka - with highs of 3°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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