12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Explore hidden gems such as Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Lemmenjoki National Park. Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Juutua Nature Trail & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip maker website.

Frankfurt, Germany to Saariselka is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Frankfurt to Saariselka due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in February, with highs in Saariselka at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center


Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Levi Ski Resort and Icekarting Levi. Step out of the city life by going to Seven Fells Up and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla) and Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi). The adventure continues: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Levi road trip site.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Levi sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Church of Sodankyla, Giewont Husky Adventures, Seven Fells Up, Jemes Sport
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla


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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Cathedral and Johannes Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mannerheim Museum and Helsinki Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Turku (Turku Castle & Turku City Library). There's much more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Levi to Helsinki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in February; daily highs in Helsinki reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Turku, Nuuksio National Park, Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle