10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Ranua
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10 h
End: Zurich

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Mannerheim Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Katajanokka and Turku Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova (in Turku) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and contemplate the long history of The Aalto House.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Turku, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 31st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Inari itinerary planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Helsinki, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Inari, ranging from highs of -7°C to lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
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.
Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Safaris will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Kids' Land and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Snow Village (in Kittila). It doesn't end there: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Safaris, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

1
night
Ranua

Ranua ©
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 4th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ranua trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Levi to Ranua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Wildlife
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo

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