14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Ivalo
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ranua Zoo and Church of Sodankyla. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rovaniemi Church and Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Pello to see Maupertuis Memorial about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, get a taste of local nightlife at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, and find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vilnius in November, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -2°C and lows about -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:

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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wingrens Dogsafaris, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Levi tour itinerary website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in November since evenings lows in Levi dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly to Ivalo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 22:

Ivalo

— 2 nights
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. On the 23rd (Mon), get a dose of the wild on Northern Lights Riders and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Juutua Nature Trail, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ivalo day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Levi to Ivalo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, daytime highs in Ivalo are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Ivalo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Get some historical perspective at Mannerheim Museum and Kallio Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Loviisa (Laivasilta, Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, &more), Jarvenpaa (Jarvenpaan ortodoksinen kirkko & Jarvenpaa Mosque) and Porvoo (The Devil's Stairs, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), stroll around Kaivopuisto, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Ivalo to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ivalo in November; daily highs in Helsinki reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 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.