11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

11 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
3
Levi
— 2 nights
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

La Rochelle, France to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from La Rochelle to Rovaniemi is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from La Rochelle in March, with highs in Rovaniemi at -1°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip itinerary app.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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

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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 12th (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi online day trip planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Levi by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. March in Levi sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
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 14th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka holiday builder site.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

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

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find out how to plan a trip to Helsinki, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 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. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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