50 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

50 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 11 nights
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Kemi
— 4 nights
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Posio
— 4 nights
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Salla
— 4 nights
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Luosto
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 5 nights
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Levi
— 5 nights
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Enontekio
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 8 nights

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Tampere (Spas, Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, &more), Kotka (Kotka Church & Sibelius Park) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, make a trip to Senate Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 31:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Change things up with a short trip to Tornio Golf in Tornio (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Perameren Kansallispuisto, explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and admire the striking features of Kemi Church.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kemi online trip builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Kemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Kemi to be slightly colder, temps between -3°C and -11°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Posio.

Things to do in Kemi

Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley ©
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley

4
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Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Posio: Syote (Syote National Park & Syote Ski & Nature Resort). Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Riisitunturi National Park. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Korouoma Canyon and take in the exciting artwork at Pentik Hill.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Posio trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kemi to Posio in 3 hours. Traveling from Kemi in January, things will get little chillier in Posio: highs are around -11°C and lows about -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salla.

Things to do in Posio

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
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Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

4
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Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salla: Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi), Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). On the 12th (Tue), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Ski Resort Suomutunturi. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Salla road trip planner.

You can drive from Posio to Salla in 2 hours. January in Salla sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Salla

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

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Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Luosto: Sodankyla (Museum - Gallery Alariesto & Church of Sodankyla). There's still lots to do: get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland, take in the awesome beauty at Luosto, and identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Luosto trip planner.

Getting from Salla to Luosto by car takes about 2 hours. January in Luosto sees daily highs of -13°C and lows of -22°C at night. You will leave for Saariselka on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Luosto

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Luosto ©
Luosto
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Juutua Nature Trail, Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planner.

Drive from Luosto to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park), Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and hit the slopes at Kids' Land.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Enontekio.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

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Enontekio

Enontekio ©
Explore Enontekio's surroundings by going to Jarama WWII Fortification Camp (in Karesuvanto) and Kilpisjarvi (Tsahkal Falls & Saana).

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Enontekio vacation planning tool.

Getting from Levi to Enontekio by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -13°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Enontekio

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Enontekio Church ©
Enontekio Church
Pyhakero ©
Pyhakero
Jyppyra lookout ©
Jyppyra lookout

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Pello and see Ski Resort Ritavalkea, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see Santa Claus Office, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Enontekio to Rovaniemi takes 6 hours. Traveling from Enontekio in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 6:
Highlights from your plan
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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