9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
+2
Fly + bus + train:  14​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Kittila
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sodankyla
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: New Delhi

1
day
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner .

New Delhi, India to Rovaniemi is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 3 hours. In December, Rovaniemi is much colder than New Delhi - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife
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Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kittila trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kittila takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kittila can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Sodankyla.

Things to do in Kittila

Trails Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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Sodankyla

Sodankyla ©
Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Museum - Gallery Alariesto and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sodankyla day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kittila to Sodankyla takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sodankyla are -8°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Sodankyla

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 25th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Sodankyla to Saariselka in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 26th (Wed), take a stroll around The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Inari travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Inari takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Inari sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Fortress of Suomenlinna, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Rock Church, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, then steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary website .

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (3°C), and nights are much warmer (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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