14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Venture out of the city with trips to Turku (Bike Rental - by Carfield & Turku Castle) and Heureka (in Vantaa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online day trip planner.

Vienna, Austria to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Saariselka planning website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Saariselka at -11°C and lows at -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Shopping · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, approximately Kittila away. It doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Side Trip

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rovaniemi Church and Arktikum. Step out of the city life by going to Ranua Zoo and Napapiirin Porofarmi. There's more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities and make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip tool.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.