15 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Rovaniemi Airport, Drive to Pello
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Pello
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bellevue Beach and Aurinkolahti Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Tampere (Finlayson Church, Tea Shop Veistrom, &more), Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja) and Fagervik Church (in Raseborg). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, kick back and relax at Kallahdenniemi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary tool.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from London in December, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Pello.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

Pello

— 2 nights
Pello is a municipality of Finland.It is located approximately north of the Arctic Circle in the western part of the province of Lapland, and is part of the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): hit the slopes at Ski Resort Ritavalkea. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Maupertuis Memorial and then take an exotic tour of Soulmate Huskies.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pello vacation planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Pello. In January, Pello is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -12°C and lows of -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pello

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Powerun Adventures in Kolari, approximately Kolari away. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wingrens Dogsafaris, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi visit planner.

Traveling by car from Pello to Levi takes 2 hours. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Luosto

— 2 nights
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
On the 7th (Thu), stroll through Kopara Reindeer Park, then surround yourself with nature on Arctic Husky Farm, and then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland. On your second day here, stroll through Luosto Adventures, take in the awesome beauty at Luosto, then admire the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Luosto road trip planning site.

You can drive from Levi to Luosto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Luosto can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, see Santa Claus Office, and examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Luosto in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

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.