16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Bus + Train:  12 h 30 min
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
— 1 night
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
— 8 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai


Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step off the beaten path and head to Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. There's much more to do: relax in the rural setting at Poro Farmi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car 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
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church


Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Snow Village and then glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then have fun at Kids' Land, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally make a trip to Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Levi trip planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

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), have fun at Action Park and then gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saariselka holiday builder tool .

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Katajanokka and Aurlahti Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Aurinkolahti Beach. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, enjoy the sand and surf at Kallahdenniemi Beach, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder website .

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Saariselka, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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