41 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

41 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 10 nights
2
Levi
— 6 nights
3
Saariselka
— 6 nights
4
Salla
— 6 nights
5
Rovaniemi
— 10 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tampere (Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, &more), Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki route planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between °C and °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

Tampere, Turku, Vantaa Art Museum, Ahvenisto, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila), Pyhakero (in Enontekio) and Muonio (Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park & Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins). There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Levi hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Muonio, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Pyhakero, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

6
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, &more). There's lots more to do: hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and have some family-friendly fun at Saariselka Bowling.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka day trip planning site.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm

6
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuusamo (Karhunkierros, Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, &more), Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Riisitunturi National Park. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and view the masterpieces at Pentik Hill.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Salla trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Salla takes 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Salla are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Salla

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuusamo, Posio, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

10
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Luosto (in Sodankyla), Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Tornio (The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, Tornion vesitorni, &more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Salla to Rovaniemi takes 2 hours. January in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Tornio, Luosto, Korouoma Canyon, Kukkolankoski
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
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