14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
train + foot + Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Kittila
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg


2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Santa Claus Village and Safaris. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, make a trip to Lordi's Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi travel planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rovaniemi is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In December, Rovaniemi is much colder than Johannesburg - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Shopping Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

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Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Luosto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Luosto, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

2
nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Snow Village, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Samiland. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kittila trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Luosto to Kittila takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kittila are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kittila

Winter Sports Trails Parks

Side Trip

Levi
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Aurinkolahti Beach. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki holiday builder website .

Traveling by flight from Kittila to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kittila in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

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