8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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8 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Sodankyla
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

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night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 15th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip website .

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 22°F and lows about 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sodankyla.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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hours
Sodankyla

Sodankyla ©
Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland. On the 16th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla.

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Drive from Rovaniemi to Sodankyla in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 6°F in Sodankyla. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Levi.

Things to do in Sodankyla

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, make a trip to Snow Village, admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and then deepen your understanding at Kid's Land.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Levi attractions planner.

You can drive from Sodankyla to Levi in 1.5 hours. December in Levi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 8°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Tours Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

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night
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and then see the interesting displays at Siida.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 21°F, and evening lows to 6°F. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
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.
On the 20th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, then browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be warmer, around 27°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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