20 days in Helsinki, Savonlinna & Lapland Itinerary

20 days in Helsinki, Savonlinna & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Savonlinna
— 4 nights
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Luosto
— 1 night
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Inari
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 1 night
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Kemi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and The National Museum of Finland. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, approximately Porvoo away. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, stroll around Sibelius Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Design Museum.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki holiday planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Savonlinna

— 4 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olavinlinna Castle and Linnansaari National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Parikkala (Siikalahti Wetland & Parikkalan kirkko). There's still lots to do: get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, and examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Savonlinna hover around -1°C and lows are around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Luosto.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:

Luosto

— 1 night
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

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Getting from Savonlinna to Luosto by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, expect Luosto to be slightly colder, temps between -8°C and -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Inari.
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Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. There's lots more to do: get great views at Otsamo Fell, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, head outdoors with Lake Inari, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

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Traveling by car from Luosto to Inari takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm and then get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Levi online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Seven Fells Up.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Akaslompolo trip planner.

Drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Kemi

— 2 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church, then stop by Icebreaker Sampo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kemi vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Kemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Kemi, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step off the beaten path and head to SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, see Santa Claus Office, catch a live event at Lappi Areena, and stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi attractions planning app.

Drive from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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.