16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Syote
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Ekenas Archipelago National Park. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Syote.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

1
night
Syote

Syote
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): glide through natural beauty at Syote Ski & Nature Resort.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Syote online itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Syote with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Syote hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Syote

Winter Sports Trails Parks
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2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Santa Claus Office, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Syote to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Museums Winter Sports
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Safaris
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 8th (Sat), brush up on your military savvy at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Salla trip planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Salla in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Siida and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Action Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church & The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos).

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka online trip planner .

You can drive from Salla to Saariselka in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 12th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): make a trip to Snow Village, then contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, then examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo, and finally stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Akaslompolo road trip site .

Getting from Saariselka to Akaslompolo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Snow Village, Yllas Ski Resort, Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 14th (Fri), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get engrossed in the history at Samiland, and then find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip planner .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Tours Winter Sports

Side Trip

Levi Huskypark
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Levi Huskypark ©
Levi Huskypark
Samiland ©
Samiland