10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

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10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Turku
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Manchester

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Sat), browse the collection at Turku City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, gain interesting insight with Ett Hem Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery A, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

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Manchester, UK to Turku is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Turku due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Manchester in January, with highs in Turku at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Beaches Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then get engrossed in the history at Samiland, and finally deepen your understanding at Kid's Land.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in January: high temperatures in Levi hover around -11°C and lows are around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Parks Outdoors
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 9th (Wed), look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi sightseeing site .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Shopping
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Action Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Saariselka, with lows around -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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