9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

9 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive
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Kittila
— 1 night
Drive
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Sodankyla
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 1 day

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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): revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip tool.

New Delhi, India to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Rovaniemi. In December, Rovaniemi is cooler than New Delhi - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Kittila

— 1 night
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): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kittila online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kittila by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sodankyla.

Things to do in Kittila

Winter Sports · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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Sodankyla

— 1 night
Sodankylä is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Sodankyla.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sodankyla sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kittila to Sodankyla in 1.5 hours. December in Sodankyla sees daily highs of -8°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Sodankyla

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka holiday maker tool.

Getting from Sodankyla to Saariselka by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
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Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

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You can drive from Saariselka to Inari in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Inari in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 3°C, while nights are warmer with lows around -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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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.