14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  14​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Kemi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Porvoo Old Town about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and stop by Artisaani.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online trip maker .

Bangkok, Thailand to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in December, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 26th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, then admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and then admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kemi route maker app .

Getting from Helsinki to Kemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Kemi to be a bit cooler, temps between -3°C and -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Feelapland and Arktikum. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Fun & Games Tours
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
You've now added Lapland Safaris Yllas to your itinerary. On the 30th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on Lapland Safaris Yllas and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Akaslompolo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Lapland Safaris Yllas ©
Lapland Safaris Yllas
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Winter Laser World - Levi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Snow Village in Kittila, approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and have fun at Kid's Land.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Levi online trip builder .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Tours

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Winter Laser World - Levi ©
Winter Laser World - Levi

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