16 days in Helsinki, Levi & Rovaniemi Itinerary

16 days in Helsinki, Levi & Rovaniemi Itinerary

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16 days in Helsinki, Levi & Rovaniemi Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Raseborg (Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen & Raseborg Castle), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Raseborg, Arboretum Mustila, Tulliniemi Nature Path, Paavolan Tammi
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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.
On the 24th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then make a trip to Snow Village, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally get engrossed in the history at Samiland. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

6
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Rovaniemi Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and SantaPark. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Kemi (Kemi Church, Sampo Icebreaker, & more) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, look for gifts at LAURI, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi attractions planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Museums, #Theme Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Kemi, Amethyst Mine Lapland
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Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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