17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  24​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Inari
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Muonio
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Diego

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
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 Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Korundi House of Culture. You'll explore and learn at Christmas House Santa and Arktikum. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, and stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rovaniemi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Tijuana, Mexico to Rovaniemi is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Tijuana to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Tijuana in March: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -1°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Safaris

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Amethyst Mine Lapland, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla, and then take in the exciting artwork at Museum - Gallery Alariesto. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Pyhatunturi and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pyhatunturi trip website .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Rovaniemi in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of -13°C in Pyhatunturi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sodankyla, Amethyst Mine Lapland, Pyhatunturi
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Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Safaris

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Siida, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then hike along Juutua Nature Trail, and finally relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, get a dose of the wild on Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary app .

Drive from Pyhatunturi to Inari in 3 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Wildlife Museums
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
nights
Levi

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 10th (Sun): hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Samiland, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Levi road trip app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris

2
nights
Akaslompolo

On the 12th (Tue), head outdoors with Seven Fells Up, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo road trip website .

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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hours
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the activities along Pakasaivo.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Muonio day trip tool .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Muonio by car takes about an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Muonio can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Muonio

Nature Parks
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Pakasaivo ©
Pakasaivo

3
nights
Helsinki

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.
On the 15th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the long history of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and then wander the streets of Stromforsin ruukki. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Muonio to Helsinki. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Muonio in March: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -5°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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