44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

44 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 16 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
3
Levi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Pyhatunturi
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
+3
Bus + 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Helsinki Cathedral and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to history buffs. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo & Kymi Church). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Katajanokka, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. 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 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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Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air 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 Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Gold Prospector Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Juutua Nature Trail, &more) and Pyha-Nattanen Fell (in Sodankyla). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, perfect your strike at Saariselka Bowling, and look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Saariselka trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -11°C and lows are around -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, Pyha-Nattanen Fell, Gold Prospector Museum, Lemmenjoki National Park
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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: Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Yllas Ski Resort, get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental, have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary builder site.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 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, Yllas Ski Resort, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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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 Kopara Reindeer Park and Luosto Adventures. 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. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_ski_the_day_away_in_the_pristine_settings_at Ski Resort Suomutunturi.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, 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 Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Salla, Sodankyla, Luosto, Ski Resort Suomutunturi, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit
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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

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 Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy and Ski Resort Ritavalkea. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Kemi Church (in Kemi) and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and get engrossed in the history at Forestry Museum of Lapland.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, 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

Ski Resort Ritavalkea, Kemi Church, Tornio Church, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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