14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
3
Levi
— 2 nights
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Katajanokka and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. 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). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and get engrossed in the history at Finnish Aviation Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip maker.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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

2
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.
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

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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.
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 · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Giewont Husky Adventures ©
Giewont Husky Adventures

3
nights
Rovaniemi

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 · Outdoors
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Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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