14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Train to Dorval, Bus to Montreal, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Katajanokka and The Aalto House. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo), Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

Plan my day in Helsinki using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

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 2nd (Thu): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In January, Saariselka is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

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You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Adventure · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Rovaniemi

— 3 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 6th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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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.