10 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Visit Mannerheim Museum and Kallio Church for their historical value. Let the collections at The National Museum of Finland and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Cathedral of Porvoo about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, stroll around Kaisaneimi Park, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online day trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Jakarta to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then get advice or help at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Inari sightseeing planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Inari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Inari: temperatures range from -7°C by day to -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 7th (Tue), stroll through Levi Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip website.

Drive from Inari to Levi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Winter Sports · Adventure · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi day trip website.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.