17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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17 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Nashville

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Step off the beaten path and head to Syvasenvaara Fell and Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and see Santa Claus Office.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip maker .

Nashville, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Rovaniemi is 8 hours. Traveling from Nashville in January, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between 16°F and 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
On the 20th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, then explore and take pictures at Amethyst Mine Lapland, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Luosto driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -2°F in Luosto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Church of Sodankyla
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then stroll through Salla Ski Resort.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Salla trip maker website .

Drive from Luosto to Salla in 2 hours. In January in Salla, expect temperatures between 15°F during the day and 2°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 23rd (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Salla to Saariselka takes 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are 15°F, while nighttime lows are 1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then get interesting insight from Tours, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 15°F, while at night they dip to -1°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): meet the residents at Konijanka Petting Zoo, examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo, then steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village. On the next day, look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures, and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach 14°F, while at night they dip to -2°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort, Snow Village
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Helsinki by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°F and 17°F. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach

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