17 days in Lapland, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

17 days in Lapland, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

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17 days in Lapland, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Windhoek
Fly:  26​h
1
Akaslompolo
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Windhoek

1
day
Akaslompolo

On the 2nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo driving holiday planning site .

Windhoek, Namibia to Akaslompolo is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Windhoek in January, expect Akaslompolo to be much colder, temps between -11°C and -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Snow Village in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, deepen your understanding at Kid's Land, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Levi travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Inari travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

1
night
Luosto

Luosto ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park and then explore and take pictures at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Luosto trip planner .

You can drive from Inari to Luosto in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Luosto sees daily highs of -13°C and lows of -22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Luosto

Wildlife Parks
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Syvasenvaara Fell. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rovaniemi Church and Pilke Science Centre. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, stop by Your Piece Of Finland, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder site .

You can drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Luosto in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Outdoors
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Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Salgrund Pilot Station and Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Hietasaaren uimaranta and Replot Bridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaasa: Lakeuden Risti Church (in Seinajoki) and Kyro Distillery Company (in Isokyro).

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You can fly from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Isokyro, Lakeuden Risti Church, Stundars Museum, Salgrund Pilot Station
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Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Kyr0 Distillery Company ©
Kyr0 Distillery Company

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.
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Stromforsin ruukki are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kansallisgalleria and Aurinkolahti Beach. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Vaasa to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Beaches Museums

Side Trip

Stromforsin ruukki
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

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