17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ranua Zoo and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Rovaniemi is cooler than New York City - with highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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Akaslompolo

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Akaslompolo journey tool.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°F, and evening lows to 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Levi day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 15°F, while at night they dip to -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka tour planner.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 15°F, while at night they dip to 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku City Library and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone (in Hameenlinna), Tampere (Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower & Tampereen Tuomiokirkko) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get lost in a book at The National Library of Finland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach 26°F and lows reach 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 12:

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.