18 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

18 days in Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 4 nights
Fly
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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.
Visiting Safaris and Tatuka Reindeerfarm will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary app.

Bodrum City, Turkey to Rovaniemi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Bodrum City to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Bodrum City in February: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get all the equipment you need at Bliss Adventure, then see Lapland Safaris, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi tour planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Pyhatunturi are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park and LuontoLoma Pro Safaris. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ivalo) and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center (in Inari). There's more to do: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka takes 2.5 hours. March in Saariselka sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Visiting Seven Fells Up and Levi Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Head to Elan Ski Shop & Rental and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Galleryfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Tundra Huskies Husky Safaris, take an exotic tour of Wingrens Dogsafaris, relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi, and bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Levi sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Katajanokka and The Esplanadi Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Kotka (Kymi Church & Industrial park Karhu ja Tahti) and Ankkapurha Cultural Park (in Anjala). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Artisaani.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online route planner.

You can fly from Levi to Helsinki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in March; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

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.