14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Bus:  21 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Kittila
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  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.
Family-friendly places like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Snowman World Igloo Hotel will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip maker website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rovaniemi is an approximately 23.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Shopping Fun & Games
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
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 see photos, traveler tips, maps, 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

Nature Parks

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. 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, ratings, photos, 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

Winter Sports Parks Trails

Side Trip

Levi
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

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.
Bring the kids along to Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Hietaranta Beach. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaari Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Kittila to Helsinki in 4.5 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 Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

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