17 days in Lapland, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

17 days in Lapland, Vaasa & Helsinki Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Akaslompolo
— 1 day
2
Levi
— 3 nights
3
Inari
— 1 night
4
Luosto
— 1 night
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
6
Vaasa
— 2 nights
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights

1
day
Akaslompolo

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 °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can 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.
Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Icekarting Levi and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
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, thenexamine 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 °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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Luosto

Luosto ©
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 °C, while at night they dip to °C. 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

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
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 Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Syvasenvaara Fell. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Luosto in January, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Tours
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Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
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 Kyr0 Distillery Company. Venture out of the city with trips to Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko (in Isokyro) and Lakeuden Risti Church (in Seinajoki). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and look and learn 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 °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Isokyro, Stundars Museum, Lakeuden Risti Church, Salgrund Pilot Station
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Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko ©
Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Visiting Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Stromforsin Ruukki in Ruotsinpyhtaa (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and see the interesting displays at Design Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Stromforsin Ruukki
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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