14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Luosto
— 1 night
Drive
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Kittila
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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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.
Family-friendly places like Santa Claus Village and Arktikum will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and browse the different shops at Sampokeskus Shopping Centre.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rovaniemi is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Luosto

— 1 night
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Luosto trip site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -17°C in Luosto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Kittila

— 2 nights
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. On the 22nd (Sat), make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Samiland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kittila trip planner.

Traveling by car from Luosto to Kittila takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Kittila sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kittila

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Pack the 26th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

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

Fly from Kittila to Helsinki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Kittila - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.