18 days in Lapland, Aland Island & Helsinki Itinerary

18 days in Lapland, Aland Island & Helsinki Itinerary

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Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Raleigh Durham International Airport

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Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 11th (Mon), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

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Durham, USA to Levi is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. 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 much colder, temps between 59°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 12:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
On the 13th (Wed), look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop and then get outside with Seven Fells Up.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Levi to Akaslompolo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, explore the different monuments and memorials at 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, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, and finally get engrossed in the history at Forestry Museum of Lapland.

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You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:

Mariehamn

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 16th (Sat), stroll around Lilla holmen and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

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You can fly from Rovaniemi to Mariehamn in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. In June in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

Helsinki

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Santalahti Nature Trail. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Linden Esplanade (in Kotka). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, examine the collection at Design Museum, and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Mariehamn to Helsinki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or ride a ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. You will leave for Saariselka on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka holiday planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in June; daily highs in Saariselka reach 57°F and lows reach 43°F. You will leave for home on the 26th (Tue).

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:

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.

Aland Island travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Historic Sites
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.