10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Heureka and Temppeliaukio Church. You'll discover tucked-away gems like EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art and Kansallisgalleria. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Finnish Aviation Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the views from Rakkauden Silta.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip builder website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

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Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Saariselka: temperatures range from -7°C by day to -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Shopping · Outdoors
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Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 23rd (Thu), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Levi visit planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Adventure · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ranua Zoo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.