44 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

44 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Kemi
— 4 nights
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Posio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Muonio
— 4 nights
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Kilpisjarvi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Rovaniemi to be cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

Kemi

— 4 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kemi is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stop by Icebreaker Sampo, get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kemi online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kemi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kemi can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel to Posio.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

Posio

— 4 nights
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Posio: Syote (Syote National Park & Syote Ski & Nature Resort). Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Riisitunturi National Park. It doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Pentik Hill.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Posio tour itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Kemi to Posio in 3 hours. Traveling from Kemi in December, things will get a bit cooler in Posio: highs are around -7°C and lows about -16°C. You will leave for Pyhatunturi on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Posio

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Pyhatunturi

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pyhatunturi: Salla (Salla Ski Resort, Paikanselan Taistelualue, &more), Sodankyla (Museum - Gallery Alariesto & Church of Sodankyla) and Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi). Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi vacation site.

Traveling by car from Posio to Pyhatunturi takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Sarestoniemi Museum (in Kaukonen) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 2nd (Wed) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: get your game on at Kids' Land, get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and visit Inghams Mini Husky Experience.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Levi trip planning app.

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Levi in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Muonio.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Muonio

— 4 nights
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: Jarama WWII Fortification Camp (in Karesuvanto) and Akaslompolo (Safaris, Konijanka Petting Zoo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, see the interesting displays at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo, and contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Muonio online itinerary maker.

Drive from Levi to Muonio in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Muonio are -13°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kilpisjarvi.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

Kilpisjarvi

— 4 nights
Go for a jaunt from Kilpisjarvi to Enontekio to see Halti about 44 minutes away.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kilpisjarvi trip planner.

You can drive from Muonio to Kilpisjarvi in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. In January, Kilpisjarvi is somewhat warmer than Muonio - with highs of -3°C and lows of -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Saariselka

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planning tool.

Getting from Kilpisjarvi to Saariselka by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kilpisjarvi in January: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -11°C and lows are around -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Helsinki

— 8 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Ritari-areena (in Hameenlinna). Pack the 19th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 25:

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.