16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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16 days in Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + bus + train:  12​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Dubai

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, get engrossed in the history at Forestry Museum of Lapland, get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, and see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi visit planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rovaniemi is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Snow Village and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, and finally wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Levi online trip builder .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Action Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Saariselka (Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop & Saariselka Bowling). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find out how to plan a trip to Inari, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Inari, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Room Escape Games. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be much warmer, around -3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 3°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Nuuksio National Park
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Spas

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