16 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly to Kemi-Tornio Airport, Drive to Tornio
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Tornio
— 1 night
Drive
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Pello
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), walk around The Esplanadi Park, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

Before you visit Helsinki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

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Tornio

Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, see what you can catch with Nordic Safaris, and then get your game on at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tornio trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Tornio. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Tornio hover around -3°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pello.

Things to do in Tornio

Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

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Pello

Pello is a municipality of Finland.It is located approximately north of the Arctic Circle in the western part of the province of Lapland, and is part of the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Ski Resort Ritavalkea.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pello holiday planner.

You can drive from Tornio to Pello in 2 hours. In December in Pello, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pello

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
When in Levi, make a side trip to see Powerun Adventures in Kolari, approximately Kolari away. Spend the 26th (Sat) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Pello to Levi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Otsamo Fell, Tuula's Reindeer, &more). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

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Pyhatunturi

Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, get a dose of the wild on Arctic Husky Farm, then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland, and finally take a pleasant ride with Lucky Ranch.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pyhatunturi trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Pyhatunturi takes 2.5 hours. In December in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between -8°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Tatuka Reindeerfarm in Ylitornio--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and relax in the rural setting at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2 hours. Traveling from Pyhatunturi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

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.