12 days in Oulu, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

12 days in Oulu, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Oulu
— Few hours
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Oulu trip site.

Nashville, USA to Oulu is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Nashville to Oulu, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Nashville in December, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Oulu: temperatures range from -2°C by day to -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): wander the wide-open spaces of Napapiirin Porofarmi, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Oulu - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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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 Icekarting Levi. Kids will enjoy Kids' Land and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Levi itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

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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.
Family-friendly places like Nuuksio National Park and EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Heureka and Johannes Church. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, take an in-depth tour of Finnish Aviation Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki visit planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in December, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (3°C), and nights are warmer (-3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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.