10 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder.

Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Helsinki. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Madrid in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel route planning website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Saariselka, with highs around -7°C, while nights are colder with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and then whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, then identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and finally fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Ranua Zoo in Ranua--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, and get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

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.