10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally stop by Pien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, then look for gifts at Taiga Colors, then stop by Artisaani, and finally stop by Marimekko Forum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki itinerary site .

Valletta, Malta to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Valletta in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 1°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 21st (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then admire the striking features of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and then examine the collection at Siida.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between -7°C and -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
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 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Arctic Lifestyle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Vanha Tehdas, have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Ranua Zoo
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Safaris
Arctic Lifestyle ©
Arctic Lifestyle
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo

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