12 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Lapland, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: London

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 10th (Tue), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip website.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in November, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -2°C and lows about -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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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
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Levi

Levi ©
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 12th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Levi when traveling from Rovaniemi in November, with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Nature

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): have fun at Vainolanniemi, take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kuopio vacation planner.

You can fly from Levi to Kuopio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in November, with highs in Kuopio at 1°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland
St. Nikolaos Cathedral ©
St. Nikolaos Cathedral
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, then make a trip to Paateri, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lieksa day trip app.

Getting from Kuopio to Lieksa by car takes about 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Lieksa are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki visit planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lieksa to Helsinki. When traveling from Lieksa in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)

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