44 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

44 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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44 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Kemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Posio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Pyhatunturi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Levi
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Muonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Kilpisjarvi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi driving holiday planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

4
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Step out of Kemi to go to Tornio and see The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church, and explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery).

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kemi trip builder tool .

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kemi are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Posio.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

4
nights
Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Posio side-trips: Syote (Syote National Park & Syote Ski & Nature Resort). Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Riisitunturi National Park. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Pentik Hill.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Posio sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Kemi to Posio in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kemi in December; daily highs in Posio reach -7°C and lows reach -16°C. You'll set off for Pyhatunturi on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Posio

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Syote
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Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

4
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Salla (Salla Ski Resort, Paikanselan Taistelualue, & more), Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi) and Sodankyla (Museum - Gallery Alariesto & Church of Sodankyla). Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Posio to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach -8°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Salla, Sodankyla, Amethyst Mine Lapland, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Kittila (The Sarestoniemi Museum & Snow Village). On the 2nd (Wed), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and get engrossed in the history at Samiland.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Levi using our trip planner.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Levi in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kittila, Kongas
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

4
nights
Muonio

Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Change things up with these side-trips from Muonio: Akaslompolo (Safaris, Konijanka Petting Zoo, & more) and Jarama WWII Fortification Camp (in Karesuvanto). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo, steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, and hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Muonio tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Levi to Muonio in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to -13°C, and evening lows to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kilpisjarvi.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Akaslompolo, Yllas Ski Resort, Jarama WWII Fortification Camp
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Scandinavian Adventures ©
Scandinavian Adventures

4
nights
Kilpisjarvi

Kilpisjarvi ©
Take a break from Kilpisjarvi with a short trip to Halti in Enontekio, about 44 minutes away.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kilpisjarvi vacation site .

You can drive from Muonio to Kilpisjarvi in 3 hours. Traveling from Muonio to Kilpisjarvi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Muonio in January: high temperatures in Kilpisjarvi hover around -3°C and lows are around -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.
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Saana ©
Saana
Halti ©
Halti

4
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos & Siida). On the 16th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saariselka trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kilpisjarvi to Saariselka takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Kilpisjarvi to Saariselka, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kilpisjarvi in January, expect Saariselka to be slightly colder, temps between -11°C and -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Ritari-areena (in Haemeenlinna) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). Pack the 19th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, step into the grandiose world of Fortress of Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Ritari-areena
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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