26 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

26 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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26 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Luosto
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
9
Pelkosenniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Salla
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Posio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Kemi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
13
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Milan

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), step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Helsinki. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Milan in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park and then get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm, then have fun at Action Park, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

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Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for little chillier days in Saariselka, with highs around -7°C, while nights are colder with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
Highlights from your plan
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 1st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Lake Inari, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, and then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Inari online journey planner .

You can drive from Saariselka to Inari in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari

2
nights
Muonio

Muonio ©
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. On the 3rd (Fri), glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Sarkitunturi, contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Enontekio Church.

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

You can drive from Inari to Muonio in 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Muonio are -13°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Enontekio Church
Highlights from your plan
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Sarkitunturi ©
Sarkitunturi

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then get to know the resident critters at Konijanka Petting Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Scandinavian Adventures and then stop by Jemes Sport.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Muonio to Akaslompolo by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Jemes Sport
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Jemes Sport ©
Jemes Sport

2
nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then make a trip to Snow Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): shop like a local with Sarestoniemi Museum and then explore the ancient world of Taatsin seita.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kittila online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Kittila takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Kittila

Museums Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Taatsin seita ©
Taatsin seita

2
nights
Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, do some two-wheel cruising with Luosto Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Museum - Gallery Alariesto, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Sodankyla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luosto and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Luosto tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Kittila to Luosto by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Luosto can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Luosto

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Sodankyla
Highlights from your plan
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland
Luosto ©
Luosto

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi holiday maker .

Pyhatunturi is just a short distance from Luosto. In January in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between -13°C during the day and -22°C at night. You will leave for Pelkosenniemi on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

1
night
Pelkosenniemi

Pelkosenniemi ©
Pelkosenniemi is a municipality of Finland.Pelkosenniemi is located in the province of Lapland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Pyhatunturi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Pelkosenniemi journey planner .

Pelkosenniemi is just a short distance from Pyhatunturi. In January in Pelkosenniemi, expect temperatures between -13°C during the day and -22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Salla.

Things to do in Pelkosenniemi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi

2
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, rejuvenate with a delicious beverage at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, and then hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Joutsijarven Bunkkerit and then get all the equipment you need at Ski Resort Suomutunturi.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Salla trip planner .

Drive from Pelkosenniemi to Salla in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Posio.

Things to do in Salla

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Joutsijarven Bunkkerit, Ski Resort Suomutunturi
Highlights from your plan
Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©

1
night
Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. On the 16th (Thu), stop by Pentik Hill and then take in the dramatic natural features at Korouoma Canyon.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Posio trip planner .

You can drive from Salla to Posio in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Posio can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Posio

Museums Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Pentik Hill ©
Pentik Hill
Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon

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nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 17th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda, get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kemi Church. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Tornion vesitorni, step off the mainland to explore Perameren Kansallispuisto, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kemi trip planner .

You can drive from Posio to Kemi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Tornio, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
Highlights from your plan
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia

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nights
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, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

Take a train from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Theme Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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