18 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

18 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Salla
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rovaniemi Church and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Do your shopping at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall, and explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Rovaniemi. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Salla

— 1 night
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, then steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Salla trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Salla in 2 hours. December in Salla sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums
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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.
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Hippupuoti Gift Shop and Shamaan Design - Lappi Shopfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church & The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos). There's more to do: stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Salla to Saariselka in 4 hours. In December in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Shop till you drop at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Akaslompolo Sportshop. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, approximately Kittila away. There's much more to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort, and fly down the slopes at Kids' Land.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip maker.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Kansallisgalleria. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National Museum of Finland and Okra. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, look for gifts at Artisaani, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:

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.