22 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

22 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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22 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Posio
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Kilpisjarvi
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Saariselka
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Rome

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning website .

Rome, Italy to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Rovaniemi is cooler than Rome - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Posio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Take a break from Posio with a short trip to Syote National Park in Syote, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Riisitunturi National Park. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Korouoma Canyon and take in the exciting artwork at Pentik Hill.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Posio itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Posio in 2 hours. August in Posio sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Posio

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Syote National Park
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Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park
Pentik Hill ©
Pentik Hill

1
night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 9th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

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You can drive from Posio to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

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 Snow Village in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. On the 10th (Fri), 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, stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, take an in-depth tour of Samiland, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi journey planner .

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Levi in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Snow Village
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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 13th (Mon): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, get outside with Scandinavian Adventures, and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): meet the residents at Konijanka Petting Zoo, then examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Akaslompolo road trip website .

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kilpisjarvi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muonio
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

1
night
Kilpisjarvi

Kilpisjarvi ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get outside with Kukkolankoski and then don't miss a visit to Saana.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kilpisjarvi trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Kilpisjarvi takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Akaslompolo to Kilpisjarvi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Kilpisjarvi can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kilpisjarvi

Outdoors
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Saana ©
Saana

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 16th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Urho Kekkonen National Park. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka day trip planning site .

Getting from Kilpisjarvi to Saariselka by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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.
Pack the 19th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Saariselka in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Finnish Museum of Horology
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral