50 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

50 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 11 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Kemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Posio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Salla
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Luosto
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Saariselka
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
7
Levi
— 5 nights
Bus:  2 h 45 min
8
Enontekio
— 4 nights
Bus:  5 h
9
Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

11
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.
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).

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. 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

Side Trips

Tampere, Turku, Hameenlinna, Kotka, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
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). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, find something for the whole family at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda, take in panoramic vistas at Tornion vesitorni, and identify plant and animal life at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Kemi trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Kemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Kemi at -3°C and lows at -11°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Posio.

Things to do in Kemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Take a break from Posio with a short trip to Syote Ski & Nature Resort in Syote, about 1h 10 min away. 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.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, 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 Winter Sports

Side Trip

Syote Ski & Nature Resort
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Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Pentik Hill ©
Pentik Hill

4
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salla: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi), Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi) and Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_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 reviews, maps, other places to visit, 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 Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Pyhatunturi, Joutsijarven Bunkkerit, Ski Resort Suomutunturi
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Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort

3
nights
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 (Luosto, Museum - Gallery Alariesto, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Luosto online trip itinerary 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'll set off for Saariselka on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Sodankyla
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Luosto ©
Luosto
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

5
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.
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 find ratings, where to stay, 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

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Safaris (in Akaslompolo), Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort, view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Levi sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Enontekio.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Muonio, Kittila, Safaris, Yllas Ski Resort, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Safaris

4
nights
Enontekio

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

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

Getting from Levi to Enontekio by bus takes about 3 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 Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kilpisjarvi, Jarama WWII Fortification Camp
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 29:
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Enontekio Church ©
Enontekio Church
Saana ©
Saana
Pyhakero ©
Pyhakero

8
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
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. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Enontekio to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Traveling from Enontekio in January, expect a bit 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

Side Trip

Ski Resort Ritavalkea
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 6:
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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