10 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Finnish Archipelago Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Visiting Aurinkolahti Beach and Kallahdenniemi Beach will get you outdoors. Kids will enjoy Katajanokka and Hietaranta Beach. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Heureka in Vantaa, approximately Vantaa away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, snap pictures at Rakkauden Silta, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Helsinki is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Levi

— 2 nights
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 (Wed): make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

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Fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

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Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Turku takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in December, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.