16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Syote
— 1 night
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
4
Salla
— 1 night
5
Saariselka
— 3 nights
6
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
7
Levi
— 2 nights

2
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuuksio National Park and Ekenas Archipelago National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday builder tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Helsinki. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Syote.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

1
night
Syote

Syote
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): hit the slopes at Syote Ski & Nature Resort.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Syote trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Syote. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Syote hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Syote

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 6th (Thu), see Santa Claus Office, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Syote to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Parks
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Safaris
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Salla itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Salla in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
Paikanselan Taistelualue ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue

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nights
Saariselka

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Step out of Saariselka to go to Inari and see The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Saariselka using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salla to Saariselka takes 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 12th (Wed), hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, then examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo, and finally stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo road trip site.

You can drive from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. December in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Muonio, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Muonion Kotiseutumuseo ©
Muonion Kotiseutumuseo

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Levi

Levi ©
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 14th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get engrossed in the history at Samiland, and then get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trip

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