14 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

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14 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

6
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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Katajanokka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Mannerheim Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo), Heureka (in Vantaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker website .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -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

Vantaa, Cathedral of Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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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): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka online journey maker .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -11°C and lows are around -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Snow Village and then ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. January in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports

Side Trips

Levi, Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel planner .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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