15 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

15 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kids' Land and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 30th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Levi trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Levi is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

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 SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Pilke Science Centre. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Tatuka Reindeerfarm in Ylitornio, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is a bit warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Saariselka

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Explore hidden gems such as Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Angry Birds Activity Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church). There's more to do: fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip maker site.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Helsinki

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

Plan my day in Helsinki using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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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.