12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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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.
Rovaniemi is known for museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

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Doha, Qatar to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Doha in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Tours
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Akaslompolo

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Akaslompolo side-trips: Levi (Levi Ski Resort, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more).

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect little chillier with lows of -22°C in Akaslompolo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

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Saariselka

— 1 night
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 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planner.

You can fly from Akaslompolo to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Highlights from your trip

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip tool.

You can fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In January, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Saariselka - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

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.