44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 16 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 6 nights
3
Levi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Pyhatunturi
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  18​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

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 inner history buff will appreciate Mannerheim Museum and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Aalto House and Johannes Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa), Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo & Kymi Church) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Katajanokka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip website .

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to Helsinki is 7 hours. Traveling from Ottawa in December, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

6
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Popular historic sites such as Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Urho Kekkonen National Park and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Juutua Nature Trail, Angeli Reindeer Farm, & more) and Pyha-Nattanen Fell (in Sodankyla). On the 14th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier 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) early enough 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 ©

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Snow Village about 46 minutes away. On the 20th (Mon), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Discover Lapland. And it doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Levi day trip planning app .

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Snow Village, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 25:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Discover Lapland ©
Discover Lapland
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

6
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Ski Resort Suomutunturi and Salla Ski Resort. Escape the urban bustle at Luosto Adventures and Kopara Reindeer Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Pyhatunturi: Salla (Paikanselan Taistelualue & Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction), Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio) and Sodankyla (Church of Sodankyla & Museum - Gallery Alariesto). Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi trip maker tool .

Getting from Levi to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between -13°C during the day and -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

Side Trips

Salla, Luosto, Sodankyla, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit, Riisitunturi National Park
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

8
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Popular historic sites such as Rovaniemi Church and Tornio Church are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Kemi Church (in Kemi), Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo) and Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online journey planner .

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. Traveling from Pyhatunturi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, Tornio Church, 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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