12 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Heureka. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and have fun and explore at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip builder.

Ile Aux Cerfs, Mauritius to Helsinki is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ile Aux Cerfs to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ile Aux Cerfs in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

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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 23rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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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 25th (Sun): stroll through Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Safartica Yllas and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Levi tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranua Zoo and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then see Santa Claus Office.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.