12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get a taste of the local shopping with Hakaniemi Market, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and stroll around Sibelius Monument.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and then get great views at Otsamo Fell. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Inari holiday builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Inari: temperatures range from -7°C by day to -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 27th (Thu), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Saariselka itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Inari to Saariselka in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Kittila

— 2 nights
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kittila trip itinerary site.

Drive from Saariselka to Kittila in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kittila are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kittila

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 31st (Mon), make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. On your second day here, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and finally get interesting insight from Tatuka Reindeerfarm.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kittila to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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.