18 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Inari
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Levi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: New Delhi

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katajanokka and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Do some cultural sightseeing at The National Museum of Finland and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Aurlahti Beach in Lohja--about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary tool.

New Delhi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 10- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Aurlahti Beach
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Helsinki, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Saariselka, ranging from highs of -7°C to lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Inari holiday maker website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Inari in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

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
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

5
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 Levi Ski Resort and Yllas Ski Resort. Step off the beaten path and head to Icekarting Levi and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla) and Sarestoniemi Museum (in Kaukonen). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark, and take an in-depth tour of Samiland.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi route maker site.

Getting from Inari to Levi by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Levi Huskypark, Church of Sodankyla, Yllas Ski Resort, Sarestoniemi Museum
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some cultural insight at Rovaniemi Church and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Visiting Ranua Zoo and Safaris will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Luosto to see Amethyst Mine Lapland about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

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You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ranua Zoo, Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Safaris

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