22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
2
Inari
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Enontekio
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Newark

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 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, admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip site .

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Newark in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vantaa Art Museum, Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Saariselka (Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort & Action Park) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara).

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Inari trip planning app .

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Inari: temperatures range from 21°F by day to 6°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Enontekio.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Enontekio

Enontekio ©
Enontekiö is a municipality in the Finnish part of Lapland with approx. Kick 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. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Enontekio Church and then don't miss a visit to Jyppyra lookout.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Enontekio trip builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Inari to Enontekio in 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°F in December, and nighttime lows around 5°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catcht 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.
Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Snow Village about 46 minutes away. On the 1st (Tue), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Levi travel site .

Traveling by bus from Enontekio to Levi takes 3 hours. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 8°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get outside with Scandinavian Adventures and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo day trip planning site .

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 14°F and lows of -2°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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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 Palvelut in Ylitornio (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, look for gifts at LAURI, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Akaslompolo in January, with lows around 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Tatuka Palvelut
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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