16 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lahti Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lahti Itinerary

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16 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lahti Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 45​min
6
Lahti
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Kansallisgalleria. Bring the kids along to Korkeasaari Zoo and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, look for gifts at Taiga Colors, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in January, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, and finally perfect your strike at Saariselka Bowling.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Saariselka reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Safaris. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kid's Land and Snow Village. Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and get your game on at G2 Ice Karting Levi.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi day trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo, then steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort
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Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Attractions like SantaPark and Santa Claus Village make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Pilke Science Centre. And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, stop by Your Piece Of Finland, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lahti.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stop by Pioni Ja Piironki, then ponder the design of Musical Fountain, and then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lahti online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Lahti by combination of flight and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Lahti: highs are around -6°C and lows about -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Shopping

Side Trip

Pioni Ja Piironki
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Pioni Ja Piironki ©
Pioni Ja Piironki

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