14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Salla
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Salla
— 1 day
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Salla

— 1 day
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 19th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Salla Ski Resort, then get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Salla trip builder app.

Mumbai, India to Salla is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, expect Salla to be colder, temps between -7°C and -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums
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Saariselka

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center in Inari, about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a taste of local nightlife at Saariselka Bowling, examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

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Drive from Salla to Saariselka in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

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 23rd (Mon): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Rovaniemi

— 2 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 25th (Wed), Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell and then catch all the local highlights with Feelapland. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Helsinki

— 4 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 Katajanokka. Step off the beaten path and head to Bellevue Beach and Mannerheim Museum. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Beach Mansikkalahti (in Kotka), Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo) and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and contemplate the long history of Pohjolan toimitalo.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online route planner.

Fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

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.