16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 1 night
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 Rovaniemi Church. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and try your luck at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary builder website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. In December, Rovaniemi is cooler than Dubai - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Nightlife
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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 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, then fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, then join 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 -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

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Saariselka

— 1 night
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 -7°C during the day and -17°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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Helsinki

— 8 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katajanokka and Aurinkolahti Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Aurlahti Beach and Nuuksio National Park. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Porvoo Old Town about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of The National Library of Finland, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

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 (3°C), and nights are warmer (-3°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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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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.