Route & dates
Rovaniemi— 2 nights
Levi— 2 nights
Saariselka— 2 nights
Helsinki— 6 nights
Mon, Jan 22 - Sat, Feb 3
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and then see Santa Claus Office. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then get curious at Pilke Science Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.
For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online driving holiday planner.
Chisinau, Moldova to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In January in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -10°C during the day and -17°C at night. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Levi.
Things to do in Rovaniemi
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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 24th (Wed): bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi. On the next day, grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.
To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi itinerary planner.
You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Saariselka.
Things to do in Levi
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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 (Sat): hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.
For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.
Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. You will leave for Helsinki on the 28th (Sun).
Things to do in Saariselka
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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.For shopping fun, head to Old Market Hall or Artisaani. Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Taidehalli capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, stop by Artek, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, and browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre.
To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel tool.
Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Helsinki
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