18 days in Lapland, Aland Island & Helsinki Itinerary

18 days in Lapland, Aland Island & Helsinki Itinerary

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18 days in Lapland, Aland Island & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + Drive:  20 h 30 min
1
Levi
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Mariehamn
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
6
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Durham

1
night
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 11th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

Durham, USA to Levi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Durham to Levi. Traveling from Durham in June, expect Levi to be colder, temps between 59°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo tour planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Shopping
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and then admire the sheer force of Auttikongas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, and finally stop by Lapland Forestry Museum.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Museums
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

3
nights
Mariehamn

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

Start your trip to Mariehamn by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Mariehamn by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sund, Aland Island, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

4
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.
Get outdoors at Santalahti Nature Trail and Hietaranta Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stromforsin ruukki and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Linden Esplanade in Kotka, about 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. June in Helsinki sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Stromforsin Ruukki
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, get a tailor-made plan with Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, Saariselka is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 57°F and lows of 43°F. You will leave for home on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

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