14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Montreal
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Montreal

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Kansallisgalleria. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Taidekoti Kirpila. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Hvittrask in Kirkkonummi, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Espoo Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and see the interesting displays at Helsinki University Museum (Helsingin Yliopiston Museo).

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary app.

Montreal, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Espoo Cathedral, Hvittrask
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, thentake an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online holiday planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in February; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Safaris
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Saariselka

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.
Get some cultural insight at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Escape the urban bustle at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church in Inari--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum and stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Saariselka, with lows of -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Levi, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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nights
Akaslompolo

Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. Visiting Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Yllas Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Take a break from Akaslompolo with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, about 32 minutes away.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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