14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

14 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Ivalo
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ranua Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rovaniemi Church and Maupertuis Memorial. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Sodankyla to see Church of Sodankyla about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: have a few drinks at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online travel route planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vilnius in November, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -2°C and -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Wingrens Dogsafaris, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Levi tour itinerary website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in November since evenings lows in Levi dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Ivalo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Ivalo

— 2 nights
Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. On the 23rd (Mon), get a dose of the wild on Northern Lights Riders and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Juutua Nature Trail, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ivalo day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Levi to Ivalo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, daytime highs in Ivalo are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Ivalo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Helsinki

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Katajanokka and Spas. Get some historical perspective at Mannerheim Museum and Kallio Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Jarvenpaa (Jarvenpaan ortodoksinen kirkko & Jarvenpaa Mosque), Porvoo (The Devil's Stairs, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more) and Loviisa (Laivasilta, Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Ivalo to Helsinki by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ivalo in November; daily highs in Helsinki reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

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.