7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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7 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then look for gifts at LAURI.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip website .

San Francisco, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of subway, flight, taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect Rovaniemi to be cooler, temps between 16°F and 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Shopping
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
LAURI ©
LAURI
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Snow Village, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then get your game on at Kid's Land, and finally admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kittila route planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kittila in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kittila, with lows around -2°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors Tours Parks

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Levi
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): gain a rich perspective with The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Inari trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Kittila to Inari takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°F in January, and nighttime lows around 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Tours Shopping Museums
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, view the masterpieces at Galleria Lapinlahti, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally take a stroll through Katajanokka. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by OMA Puoti, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then admire the masterpieces at Galerie Anhava, then get a taste of the local shopping with ARTag Gallery, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Stadin Panimo.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in January, with highs in Helsinki at 26°F and lows at 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Breweries
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market

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