14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  18​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

5
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 Mannerheim Museum and Johannes Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Aalto House and Katajanokka. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala), Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, examine the collection at Finnish Aviation Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Finnish Aviation Museum, Nuuksio National Park, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Saariselka at -11°C and lows at -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally make a trip to Snow Village.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Levi online attractions planner .

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

3
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 6th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi itinerary planning site .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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