12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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12 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
+2
Fly + bus + train:  19​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour planning app .

Los Angeles, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 10 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at 22°F and lows at 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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.
On the 24th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: gain insight at Kids' Land and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi visit planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, enjoy some diversion at Action Park, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka itinerary planner.

Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Saariselka sees daily highs of 21°F and lows of 6°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Highlights from your plan
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

4
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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, make a trip to Senate Square, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation maker app .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in December: highs in Helsinki hover around 37°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vantaa Art Museum, Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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