30 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

30 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 12 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 15 min
2
Inari
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Sodankyla
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  29 h
End: Honolulu, Oahu

12
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.
Head to Hakaniemi Market and Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)for plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Katajanokka and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg), Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, Linden Esplanade, &more) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Honolulu, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 12 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Honolulu in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 40°F and lows are around 32°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Ruotsinpyhtaa, Raseborg Castle, Jokioinen Museum Railway, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

5
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get in touch with nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Appreciate the collections at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. When in Inari, make a side trip to see Nature & Wildlife Tours in Saariselka, approximately Saariselka away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, and explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Inari road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in November: high temperatures in Inari hover around 27°F and lows are around 16°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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 the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sarestoniemi Museum and Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm. There's more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and visit Inghams Mini Husky Experience.

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

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Levi sees daily highs of 26°F and lows of 15°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Sarestoniemi Museum
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and then stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Levi to Akaslompolo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 26°F during the day and 15°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Sodankyla.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

1
night
Sodankyla

Sodankyla ©
Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Luosto, admire the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sodankyla trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Sodankyla in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Sodankyla can reach 26°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Sodankyla

Nature Parks Museums
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Luosto ©
Luosto
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

1
night
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue and then take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To find ratings and tourist information, you can read our Salla road trip planner.

You can drive from Sodankyla to Salla in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°F, and evening lows to 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Museums Historic Sites
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Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
Paikanselan Taistelualue ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rovaniemi Church and The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley. Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Tornio Church (in Tornio), Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello) and Kemi Church (in Kemi). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus, and take an in-depth tour of Forestry Museum of Lapland.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip maker tool.

You can drive from Salla to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. November in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 28°F and lows of 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tornio, Ski Resort Ritavalkea, Kemi Church
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley ©
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley

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