12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary maker

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 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.
Attractions like Santa Claus Village and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, make a trip to Lordi's Square, and see Santa Claus Office.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online route maker.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Jeddah to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jeddah in December, expect Rovaniemi to be cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Levi

— 3 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 27th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Adventure · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

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.
Bring the kids along to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka holiday planner.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Helsinki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.