13 days in Lapland, Vaasa & Helsinki Region Itinerary

13 days in Lapland, Vaasa & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village and then see Santa Claus Office.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel planning app.

Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Museums
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Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 19th (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of Safartica Yllas.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Levi online road trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Winter Sports

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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.
On the 21st (Tue), hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta and then see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vaasa day trip planning tool.

Getting from Saariselka to Vaasa by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in December; daily highs in Vaasa reach 1°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Attractions like Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Katajanokka, discover the deep blue sea with Dive Finland Oy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and cruise along King's Road.

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You can fly from Vaasa to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

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.