13 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip maker site.

New Delhi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 3.5 hours. In December, Helsinki is colder than New Delhi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
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 25th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect nights in Saariselka to be much colder, around -17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Go for a jaunt from Levi to Yllasjarvi to see Safartica Yllas about 48 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Levi online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for museums, wildlife, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, wander the wide-open spaces of Napapiirin Porofarmi, and let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.