12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Bus:  19 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi route maker app.

Los Angeles, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Museums
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Kids' Land and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Levi travel route planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 8°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Keep things going the next day: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka online trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 21°F, while at night they dip to 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online journey 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 car and flight; or drive. When traveling from Saariselka in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 37°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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