Route & dates
Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly: 12 h 30 min
Luosto— 5 nights
Drive: 1 h 30 min
Rovaniemi— 4 nights
Fly: 4 h
Helsinki— 5 nights
Fly: 17 h
End: Ho Chi Minh City
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.Get outdoors at Kopara Reindeer Park and Luosto. Sarestoniemi Museum and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi), Paikanselan Taistelualue (in Salla) and Sodankyla (Church of Sodankyla & Museum - Gallery Alariesto). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila.
To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Luosto day trip planning website.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Luosto is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January, things will get much colder in Luosto: highs are around -13°C and lows about -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Rovaniemi.
Things to do in Luosto
Kittila, Sodankyla, Salla, Sarestoniemi Museum, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
Official Hometown of Santa Claus
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.Get a sense of the local culture at Rovaniemi Church and Arktikum. Explore hidden gems such as Arctic Lifestyle and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Sampo Icebreaker in Kemi, about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.
For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online travel planner.
You can drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Luosto in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.
Things to do in Rovaniemi
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
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 Bellevue Beach and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Visiting Hietaranta Beach and King's Road will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St Henry.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary planner.
Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Helsinki
King's Road, Bellevue Beach
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:
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