16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Syote
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Syote
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salla
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Singapore Changi Airport

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuuksio National Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Ekenas Archipelago National Park in Raseborg--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Helsinki is minus 6 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -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 · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Syote

— 1 night
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 · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

Salla

— 1 night
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 · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
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 Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gold Prospector Museum and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church & The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planning website.

Getting from Salla to Saariselka by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
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 · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Levi

— 2 nights
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 · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

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.