16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Napapiirin Porofarmi and Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi ©
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus


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 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, thenfly down the slopes at Kids' Land, thenjoin the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

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Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage


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.
On the 20th (Fri), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saariselka holiday planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Saariselka, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort


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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katajanokka and Hietaranta Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Aurlahti Beach and Aurinkolahti Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of The National Library of Finland, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip app.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in December, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are warmer (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Aurlahti Beach, Porvoo Old Town
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Katajanokka ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park