41 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

41 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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41 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 10 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Levi
— 6 nights
3
Saariselka
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Salla
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Rovaniemi
— 10 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

10
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Tampere (Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, & more). There's still lots to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki online visit planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Turku, Tampere, Nuuksio National Park, King's Road, Ahvenisto
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 12:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

6
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.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Muonio (Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park & Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins), Snow Village (in Kittila) and Pyhakero (in Enontekio). There's lots more to do: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

Before you visit Levi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Levi reach -11°C and lows reach -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Muonio, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Yllas Ski Resort, Pyhakero
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

6
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, & more).

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary app .

Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 24:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

6
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Change things up with these side-trips from Salla: Kuusamo (Karhunkierros, Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, & more), Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi) and Pyhatunturi (Pyha-Luosto National Park & Safaris). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Riisitunturi National Park. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, and view the masterpieces at Pentik Hill.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Salla online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Salla takes 3.5 hours. January in Salla sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kuusamo, Posio, Pyhatunturi, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

10
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Luosto (in Sodankyla), Tornio (The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, Tornion vesitorni, & more) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online trip maker .

You can drive from Salla to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Tornio, Kukkolankoski, Korouoma Canyon, Luosto
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 9:
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
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