12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly + Bus:  12 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your inner history buff will appreciate German Soldier s Cemetery and Rovaniemi Church. Get some cultural insight at Arktikum and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in April: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

2
nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Yllas Ski Resort and then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kittila journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kittila takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in April, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Levi, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

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Saariselka

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.
On the 15th (Mon), stroll through Urho Kekkonen National Park, then trek along Ruijanpolku Trail, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Kittila to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Saariselka are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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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.
Shop till you drop at Market Square Kauppatori and Artisaani. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, view the masterpieces at Galerie Anhava, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in April; daily highs in Helsinki reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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