31 days in Oulu, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

31 days in Oulu, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Oulu
— 5 nights
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Kemi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Levi
— 5 nights
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
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Oulu

— 5 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oulu Cathedral and Kierikki Stone Age Centre. Visiting Nallikari Beach and Outdoors Oulu Oy will get you outdoors. When in Oulu, make a side trip to see Marjaniemi Lighthouse in Hailuoto, approximately Hailuoto away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, and explore the ancient world of Kierikkikeskus.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Oulu vacation builder.

Melbourne, Australia to Oulu is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get cooler in Oulu: highs are around -7°C and lows about -14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Kemi

— 2 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stroll through Kukkolankoski and then find something for the whole family at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of Lapponia Safaris - Day tours and then stroll through Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kemi online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Oulu to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Kemi sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rovaniemi Church and Arktikum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see Santa Claus Office, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Lapland Safaris Levi and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Seven Fells Up in Akaslompolo, about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Levi trip app.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Levi when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:

Helsinki

— 10 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.
Visiting King's Road and Bike Rental - by Carfield will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Forum Marinum Maritime Centre (in Turku) and Heureka (in Vantaa). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, see the interesting displays at Finnish Aviation Museum, and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 30:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.