10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Nuremberg
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Bus + 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bellevue Beach and Aijanniemi Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Beach Mansikkalahti. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Linden Esplanade (in Kotka). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planner.

Nuremberg, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 7- 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 Nuremberg to Helsinki. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
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 1st (Wed): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Helsinki, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Saariselka, ranging from highs of -7°C to lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): have fun at Kids' Land and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort
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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): look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, 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. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Lordi's Square, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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