6 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

6 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Ranua Zoo and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

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

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, Rovaniemi is colder than London - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 8th (Wed), get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Adventure · Trails · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Saariselka

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Saariselka in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 3°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Spas · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.