17 days in Lapland, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

17 days in Lapland, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Akaslompolo
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Akaslompolo
— 1 day
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
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Luosto
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Akaslompolo

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo travel planner.

Windhoek, Namibia to Akaslompolo is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Windhoek to Akaslompolo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Windhoek in January, expect Akaslompolo to be colder, temps between -11°C and -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Icekarting Levi. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Kids' Land, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Levi trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 6th (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Inari online trip planner.

You can fly from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Luosto

— 1 night
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
On the 7th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Luosto trip planner.

You can drive from Inari to Luosto in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Luosto can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Rovaniemi

— 3 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 Rovaniemi Church and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Photography Tours. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Luosto in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Visit Salgrund Pilot Station and Soderfjardenin Meteoriihi for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hietasaaren uimaranta and Stundars Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Lakeuden Risti Church (in Seinajoki) and Isokyro (Kyr0 Distillery Company & Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, and gain insight at Meteoriihi.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vaasa trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in January; daily highs in Vaasa reach -3°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Aurinkolahti Beach. Visit Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stromforsin Ruukki for their historical value. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hietaranta Beach, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and see the interesting displays at Design Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Vaasa to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. January in Helsinki sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

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.