50 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

50 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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50 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 11 nights
Fly:  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
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Kotka (Kotka Church & Sibelius Park) and Tampere (Spas, Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary planner .

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 changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Cap off 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. Step out of Kemi with an excursion to Tornio Golf in Tornio--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, find something for the whole family at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda, and take in panoramic vistas at Tornion vesitorni.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kemi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Helsinki to Kemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Kemi hover around -3°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Posio.

Things to do in Kemi

Fun & Games Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tornio, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia

4
nights
Posio

Posio ©
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 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Riisitunturi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Korouoma Canyon and get a taste of the local shopping with Pentik Hill.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Posio day trip app .

Drive from Kemi to Posio in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kemi in January; daily highs in Posio reach -11°C and lows reach -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Salla.

Things to do in Posio

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Syote
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Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

4
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Get out of town with these interesting Salla side-trips: Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi), Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Joutsijarven Bunkkerit (in Kemijarvi). On the 12th (Tue), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Ski Resort Suomutunturi. There's still lots to do: stroll through Salla Ski Resort, steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue, and get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Salla online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Posio to Salla by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Salla can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. 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

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.
Explore Luosto's surroundings by going to Sodankyla (Museum - Gallery Alariesto & Church of Sodankyla). And it doesn't end there: 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.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Luosto vacation planning tool .

Drive from Salla to Luosto in 2 hours. In January in Luosto, expect temperatures between -13°C during the day and -22°C at night. You will leave for Saariselka on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Sodankyla
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Luosto ©
Luosto
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

5
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Juutua Nature Trail, Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, & more).

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You can drive from Luosto to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Safaris (in Akaslompolo), Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park) and Snow Village (in Kittila). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Levi vacation website .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Enontekio.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Safaris
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

4
nights
Enontekio

Enontekio ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Enontekio: Kilpisjarvi (Tsahkal Falls & Saana) and Jarama WWII Fortification Camp (in Karesuvanto).

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Traveling by bus from Levi to Enontekio takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around -13°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Enontekio

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kilpisjarvi, Jarama WWII Fortification Camp
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Ski Resort Ritavalkea in Pello (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi attractions site .

You can take a bus from Enontekio to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Traveling from Enontekio in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Ski Resort Ritavalkea
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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