22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
2
Inari
— 3 nights
3
Enontekio
— 1 night
4
Levi
— 3 nights
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
6
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki holiday builder.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. In December, Helsinki is slightly colder than Newark - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Venture out of the city with trips to Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort (in Saariselka). The adventure continues: get great views at Otsamo Fell, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

Plan my day in Inari using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Inari hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Enontekio.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
night
Enontekio

Enontekio ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Jarama WWII Fortification Camp and then don't miss a visit to Pyhakero. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Enontekio Church and then don't miss a visit to Jyppyra lookout.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Enontekio journey planner.

You can take a bus from Inari to Enontekio in 11.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Enontekio are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Levi.

Things to do in Enontekio

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jarama WWII Fortification Camp
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Enontekio Church ©
Enontekio Church
Pyhakero ©
Pyhakero
Jyppyra lookout ©
Jyppyra lookout

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.
Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Kids' Land, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Levi travel planner.

Take a bus from Enontekio to Levi in 3.5 hours. December in Levi sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with a short trip to Tatuka Reindeerfarm in Ylitornio (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip builder website.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of °F. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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