22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

22 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
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Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 8 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Visiting Bellevue Beach and Aurlahti Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Pieni Suklaatehdas (in Porvoo), Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg). Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach, and steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. Go for a jaunt from Saariselka to Inari to see Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Muonio

— 2 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. On the 29th (Sat), examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo and then contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Enontekio Church and then don't miss a visit to Pyhakero.

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You can drive from Saariselka to Muonio in 4 hours. December in Muonio sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Muonio

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Kittila

— 2 nights
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. On the 31st (Mon), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, and finally bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kittila vacation app.

Getting from Muonio to Kittila by car takes about an hour. December in Kittila sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Head to LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and Your Piece Of Finlandfor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Rovaniemi Church. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, take an in-depth tour of Forestry Museum of Lapland, and don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi journey planner.

You can drive from Kittila to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Kittila in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

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.