10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Lyon
tram + Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + tram:  8​h
End: Lyon

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenirfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). Pack the 3rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and have fun and explore at Exhibition Centre WeeGee.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Lyon, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lyon to Helsinki. Traveling from Lyon in July, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ounasjoki - River for activities, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Levi attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in August, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports
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Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 7th (Wed), experience the excitement of Feelapland, stop by LAURI, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi sightseeing app .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Museums
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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