44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 16 nights
2
Saariselka
— 6 nights
3
Levi
— 6 nights
4
Pyhatunturi
— 6 nights
5
Rovaniemi
— 8 nights

16
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. The Aalto House and Mannerheim Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo & Kymi Church), Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Johannes Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker site.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in December, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Vantaa, Hameenlinna, Loviisa, Jarvenpaa
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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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Angeli Reindeer Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Juutua Nature Trail) and Pyha-Nattanen Fell (in Sodankyla). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, enjoy some friendly competition at Saariselka Bowling, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka tour itinerary maker.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Saariselka reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum, Lemmenjoki National Park, Pyha-Nattanen Fell
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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 ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

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.
Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Discover Lapland will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kids' Land and Icekarting Levi. Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental, have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Discover Lapland ©
Discover Lapland

6
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Popular historic sites such as Church of Sodankyla and Joutsijarven Bunkkerit are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Ski Resort Suomutunturi and Salla Ski Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pyhatunturi: Salla (Paikanselan Taistelualue & Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction), Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio) and Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla). Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi trip app.

Drive from Levi to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Pyhatunturi are -13°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Salla, Luosto, Sodankyla, Ski Resort Suomutunturi, Riisitunturi National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Ski Resort Suomutunturi
Ski Resort Suomutunturi
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park

8
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visit Kemi Church and Rovaniemi Church for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Tornio Church (in Tornio) and Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello). Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and examine the collection at Christmas House Santa.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planning website.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Traveling from Pyhatunturi in January, Rovaniemi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tornio Church, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, Kemi Church, Ski Resort Ritavalkea
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 8:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
Safaris

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