12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

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Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Saariselka

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Otsamo Fell). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary maker website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -11°C and lows are around -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Levi trip builder site.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore hidden gems such as Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Rovaniemi Church. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.