12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Bandar Seri Begawan
Fly:  27​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Bandar Seri Begawan

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
For shopping fun, head to LAURI or Arctic Circle Mall. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi planning website .

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Rovaniemi is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brunei Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan in January: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
LAURI ©
LAURI
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Akaslompolo trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Akaslompolo when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
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 8th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get your game on at Kid's Land. On the next day, glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Tours
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Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 10th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally enjoy some diversion at Action Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Fun & Games Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Old Market Hall and Sello. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sello, Jumbo Shopping Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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