10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Nuremberg
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Nuremberg

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Katajanokka and Spas. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Bellevue Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Kotka (Beach Mansikkalahti, Linden Esplanade, & more). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki holiday builder app .

Nuremberg, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nuremberg 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Nuuksio National Park, Stromforsin ruukki, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Saariselka online attractions planner .

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Snow Village, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Kids' Land, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Levi itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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