10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Pack the 30th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Senate Square, and walk around Sibelius Monument.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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 2nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally take some stellar pictures from Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Levi journey planning site.

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Levi reach -11°C and lows reach -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 4th (Sat), revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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.