44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
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 Johannes Church. The Aalto House and Temppeliaukio Church 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). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Katajanokka, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Ottawa in December, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °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, Jarvenpaa, Loviisa
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 13:
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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 Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Pyha-Nattanen Fell (in Sodankyla) and Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Juutua Nature Trail, &more). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. There's much more to do: have a few drinks at Saariselka Bowling, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka tour itinerary maker site.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get slightly colder in Saariselka: highs are around °C and lows about °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, Lemmenjoki National Park, Gold Prospector Museum, Pyha-Nattanen Fell
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:
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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 Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). The adventure continues: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and browse the exhibits of LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

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

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

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:
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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 Paikanselan Taistelualue 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: Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio), Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla) and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction (in Salla). Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Pyhatunturi trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Levi to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Salla, Sodankyla, Luosto, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit, Riisitunturi National Park
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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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 Rovaniemi Church and Tornio 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: Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello) and Kemi Church (in Kemi). 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 °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, Ski Resort Ritavalkea, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, Kemi Church
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 8:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia

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