44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Helsinki
— 16 nights
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Saariselka
— 6 nights
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Levi
— 6 nights
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Pyhatunturi
— 6 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
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Helsinki

— 16 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Johannes Church. The Aalto House and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo & Kymi Church) and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Katajanokka, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online vacation maker.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 13:

Saariselka

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Pyha-Nattanen Fell (in Sodankyla) and Inari (Juutua Nature Trail, Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, &more). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, enjoy some friendly competition at Saariselka Bowling, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

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

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 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 drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

Levi

— 6 nights
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 Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kids' Land and Discover Lapland. Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park). The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

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

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:

Pyhatunturi

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

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Levi to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. January in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of -13°C and lows of -22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:

Rovaniemi

— 8 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visit Rovaniemi Church and Kemi Church for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Safaris. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo), Tornio Church (in Tornio) and Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arctic Emotions Oy, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and wander the wide-open spaces of Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Traveling from Pyhatunturi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 8:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.