18 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

18 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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18 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Saariselka
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
4
Levi
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Lapland Forestry Museum and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre. Next up on the itinerary: stop by LAURI, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and catch some excitement at Feelapland.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip planning app .

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Rovaniemi is colder than Sydney - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping
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Lapland Forestry Museum ©
Lapland Forestry Museum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 7th (Fri), hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, then steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Salla attractions planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Salla in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Salla are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Salla

#Winter Sports, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siida and Gold Prospector Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Change things up with a short trip to The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos in Inari (about 1h 05 min away). On the 9th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saariselka day trip planner.

You can drive from Salla to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Winter Sports, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida ©
Siida
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Yllas Ski Resort. Discover out-of-the-way places like Akaslompolo Sportshop and Snow Village. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, and make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Akaslompolo Sportshop, Yllas Ski Resort, Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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.
Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Head to Hakaniemi Market and Digelius Musicfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, look for gifts at Artisaani, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

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Getting from Levi to Helsinki by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Shopping, #Museums, #Parks
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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