12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
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Levi
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Helsinki
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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 Nature & Wildlife Tours. Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, Juutua Nature Trail, &more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saariselka online day trip planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Saariselka is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Frankfurt to Saariselka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in February, with highs in Saariselka at 22°F and lows at 9°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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 Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Step out of the city life by going to Seven Fells Up and Jemes Sport. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Sodankyla to see Church of Sodankyla about 1h 35 min away. It doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Levi road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°F in February, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trips

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Helsinki

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Cathedral and Turku Castle. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mannerheim Museum and Johannes Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Turku City Library (in Turku). There's much more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Aalto House.

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Getting from Levi to Helsinki by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 33°F and lows are around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.