10 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church.

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

Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Helsinki is 1 hour. In December, Helsinki is slightly colder than Madrid - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Muonio (Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park & Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Levi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 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.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel app.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, 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

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
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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.