10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Family-friendly places like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online road trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Snow Village, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally make a trip to Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip planner.

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. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in January; daily highs in Levi reach -11°C and lows reach -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Snow Village, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

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

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is a bit warmer at night with lows of -17°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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