14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Zurich
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Ranua
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Zurich

3
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 27th (Fri), kick back and relax at Aurlahti Beach, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, then contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Katajanokka, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, and then explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Helsinki. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Aurlahti Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 29th (Sun), get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka trip maker tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect nights in Saariselka to be colder, around -17°C, while days are slightly colder, around -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and finally examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Angeli Reindeer Farm, experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Inari takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Inari are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, and then fly down the slopes at Discover Lapland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then hit the slopes at Kids' Land, and finally grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages
Discover Lapland ©
Discover Lapland

1
night
Ranua

Ranua ©
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ranua Zoo.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ranua trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Levi to Ranua in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Wildlife
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): join in the after-dark buzz at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, make a trip to Lordi's Square, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Maupertuis Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Pilke Science Centre, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Ranua to Rovaniemi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Maupertuis Memorial
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Safaris

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