14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Venture out of the city with trips to Korouoma Canyon (in Posio), Luosto (Luosto Adventures & Kopara Reindeer Park) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour planning site.

Lisbon, Portugal to Rovaniemi is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in August: highs in Rovaniemi hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:

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 4th (Fri): shop like a local with Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, and then take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Levi journey maker app.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Levi are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Juutua Nature Trail, &more). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:

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.