Day 1 - 1 Nov 2019
Content: Probably the best airport i will ever be to. It's very large and modern, which makes it a very surreal experience walking to your gate. The security checks are very fast despite the amount of travelers. The shops are worth visiting. The only flaw this may have is that it is so large that you can get lost easily.
Day 1 - 1 Nov 2019
Content: A 5 stars luxury hotel right in the middle of the downtown Helsinki. The Spa is on the smaller size, but the service and treatments are first class. Free breakfast buffet, but they also have a la carté options.
Content: On your first day in Helsinki, we’d suggest getting acquainted with the city center and visiting some of the attractions. The city center of Helsinki is fairly compact, and you can get pretty much anywhere with public transportation and walking.
Content: A great starting point is the Helsinki City Museum. Here, you will learn all about the history and development of the city. It’s free, and open every day.
Content: Just near to the city museum is Helsinki Cathedral. This large white building is one of the more recognizable landmarks of Helsinki. It’s spectacular to view from the outside, but you can also go inside too of course. It’s open every day, and free to visit.
Content: If you want a more in-depth overview of the history, culture and people of Finland, then we can recommend a visit to the National Museum of Finland. This covers a huge time period, from prehistoric times to the present day, and is an excellent way to learn a lot about the whole country.
Content: Kankurin Tupa would be our recommended destination for Christmas shopping in Helsinki. This is a department store which specialises in Finnish items, and has a whole section dedicated to Christmas.
Content: We can also recommend getting coffee and cake at one of Finland’s best known cafes, Ekberg 1852. This has been in Helsinki since, you guessed it, 1852, and they have an excellent selection of Finnish delicacies which obviously include baked goods.
Day 2 - 2 Nov 2019
Content: This is a UNESCO world heritage site, and in our opinion is a must-do attraction when visiting Helsinki.There is a huge amount to see and do on the island, and you could easily spend from half a day to a full day here, depending on what you want to see and do.
Content: SkyWheel Helsinki is a 40-meter tall Ferris wheel in central Helsinki, Finland. One of its gondola cabins, the SkySauna, is the world's first sauna on a Ferris wheel.
Content: Uspenski Cathedral is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki, Finland, and main cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Finland, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos. Its name comes from the Old Church Slavonic word uspenie, which denotes the Dormition.
Content: Absolutely fantastic. Great atmosphere with a natural, rustic feel. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Beautiful traditional cuisine with a modern flair and subtle but powerful flavors and textures. One-of-a-kind treasure.
Day 3 - 3 Nov 2019
Content: Finally, a really popular activity that you must try while you are in Finland is to take a sauna. This is one of the most traditional Finnish experiences you can have. Nice and relaxed sauna experience on the seaside. One can order food and drinks while in the sauna. Children under 10 have free admission. Swimming is recommended, but be sure that you or your kids are comfortable swimmers
Content: Our next destination is Rovaniemi. The fastest option will be to fly. There are a number of airlines offering flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, with the flight time being around an hour. Flights are relatively inexpensive and there are multiple departures a day.
Day 3 - 3 Nov 2019
Content: At first we were kind of dubious but this place ended up being great. The rooms are obviously unique, but we made it work with our 4 year old. There is a small loft bed that is perfect for kids. The staff was very friendly and the breakfast was excellent. We definitely recommend making a fire up at the top level overlooking the forest.
Content: Nice authentic restaurant. Food was reasonably priced and very good. The food choices were interesting but everything we ate was fantastic! The service was also flawless and the restaurant was clean and appealing to the eye.
Day 4 - 4 Nov 2019
Content: This is around a 10 minute drive outside the city. There’s a lot to do at the Santa Claus village, and it’s a great place to check off a few of your winter activities. First though, you’re going to want to actually meet the man himself. It’s free to visit Santa, although if you want a photo or video with him there’s a fee for that.
Content: As well as visiting Santa, you can also visit Santa’s post office. A fun thing you can do here is mail a Christmas card that will be kept and posted at Christmas time. So even if you visit Rovaniemi in January, you can get all your Christmas cards mailed!
Content: This museum and science center is perfect for learning all about the people, history and culture of the area. There are a number of permanent exhibits here, with the content on life in the arctic being my favorite.
Content: Rovaniemi is located at the Arctic Circle, so it is definitely a good place to see the Lights. It is better to get out of the town into a place that has no light pollution. You also need a clear view to the northern sky, since the auroras won't always dance on top of your head. Lakeshores are the best for this, but you can also go next to a swamp or a field. When you have the right location, you need some luck; clear weather and solar activity.
Day 5 - 5 Nov 2019
Content: We hopped on the bus and head towards Kemi for some unforgettable snow & ice adventures. Icebreaker Sampo is located in the Port of Ajos in Kemi, situated 11 km / 15 minute drive south from Kemi city centre
Day 5 - 5 Nov 2019
Content: Best sea, snow & ice adventure in the Nordics! Icebreaker Sampo offers the most exciting, memorable moments in the Arctic nature. Sampo is like a moving museum retaining its original form from the 1960’s as closely as possible. Everyone on board will surely feel the by-gone glory of the vessel even today.
Content: The year-round Ice Restaurant in the amazing ice sculptures and ice breaking moments guaranteed. We enjoyed a unique flavour of Snow & Ice tasting menu. Started our experience in this IceRestaurant365 where we had the first taste by the ice tables surrounded by beautiful sculptures made from ice.
Content: Sea Lapland Day Spa offers a great setting for a nice gathering and togetherness. They have four treatment rooms and a salt room at there day spa. In the salt room, there is room for 4-6 persons at the time, but for larger groups, they can go in turns, and the other group can in the meantime enjoy there other spa treatments or massages.
Content: À la carte restaurant Lumihiutale offers a local and Modern arctic taste with incredible seaview. Sun terrace is open from spring to late autumn.
Content: There ice creams and sorbets are flavoured with Finnish forest fruit and wild berries along with other Finnish favourites like rhubarb and salty liquorice.A wide range of side dishes are available: waffles, sauces, chocolates and candies. After having a wonderful day we went back to Rovaniemi.
Day 6 - 6 Nov 2019
Content: This is found 160km from Rovaniemi, so will take a couple of hours to drive to. The best way to see these is to take a hike in the park. You can either drive yourself, or you can take a tour from Rovaniemi which should include an experienced guide and the correct outerwear and footwear.
Content: A really popular activity amongst Finnish people in winter is ice fishing. This sport has you drilling a hole into the ice on a frozen lake or river, and then using special ice fishing equipment to try and catch a fish.
Content: Snowmobiling is, our opinion, a huge amount of fun. It’s also a great activity to pair with other activities, such as watching the Northern Lights or going ice fishing. We used the snowmobile to get to where we are going, do the activity, and then ride the snowmobile back.
Content: Husky sledding has you harnessing a team of husky dogs to a sled. There are usually between six and eight dogs, and each sled will generally have a driver and a passenger. The driver will stand at the back of the sled to steer and brake, whilst the passenger relaxes and enjoys the view.
Content: Hats off, one of the best salmons I’ve ever had. The creamy hot cheese starter was also delicious. The warm atmosphere with the bonfire, where the salmon was being cooked on in the middle of the hut, completes it all.
Day 7 - 7 Nov 2019
Content: The first option we had was to head north to Saariselka. This is found 250km / 155mi north of the arctic circle, making this an excellent place to see the Northern Lights.
Day 7 - 7 Nov 2019
Content: This is one of the most popular places to stay in a glass igloo in Finland, and was where the concept of glass igloos first originated. Naturally there’s more to Kakslauttanen than glass igloos. The resort has a wide range of accommodation options, depending on what you are interested in. I can definitely recommend staying in a glass igloo for one night on your trip just for the experience.
Content: This is a very sparsely populated region, and is a focal point of the Sámi culture. You can learn about this culture and people at Siida, home to the Sámi Museum and the Northern Lapland Nature Centre. This is open throughout the winter on every day except Monday, and there’s a fee to visit.
Content: Very good restaurant in Saariselkä, a little bit expensive but the quality is there. The reindeer flesh is very tasty and wonderfully cooked, in stew or grilled style. The waiter was very present and open-minded. The pub area is friendly designed.
Day 8 - 8 Nov 2019
Content: Its a 2.5 hours drive so we left early in after having our breakfast. This is a particularly good option if you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, as it’s home to Levi, Finland’s largest ski resort.
Day 8 - 8 Nov 2019
Content: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage is created with ice and snow. It is perfect place to visit, and see amazing ice and snow sculptures, visit ice bar or enjoy 3-course dinner at Ice restaurant. Great location to stop by during your holiday. You can come to SnowVillage by car, snowmobile or cross-country skiing. Ticket adult 18,00€ Ticket child 10€ Tickets can be bought on the spot.
Content: Breathe the world's purest air and experience the vastness of the fell landscapes around you. The versatile trails of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park take you easily to open fell tops and cosy campfire sites. Spend enjoying Lapland's natural wonders and friendly services.
Content: Samiland features an indoor and outdoor exhibit space dedicated to the Sami people, and covers the history, culture and mythology of the people, as well as their traditional building and mythology. There’s a small entry fee which is well worth it.
Content: Great place in heart of LEVI ski resort - just on the other side of the road from ZeroPoint and central red slopes. Best price to quality ratio in the center. Reindeer meatballs are hardly recommended - just 16 euros. Plus take some Glögg - here it is a version of hot forest berries juice. Master burger is really huge but I would recommend to try pure reindeer meat and not to eat it in a burger. Same suggestion goes to reindeer sausages - better take meatballs. 2 person meal - around 35 euros without alcohol. Check out their shop for meat and other reindeer 'parts'
Day 9 - 9 Nov 2019
Content: The cheapest way to get from Kittilä to Helsinki Airport (HEL) costs only 103€, and the quickest way takes just 2½ hours. From Helsinki we board our flight to New york.