10 days in Helsinki Region, Tampere & Lapland Itinerary

10 days in Helsinki Region, Tampere & Lapland Itinerary

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10 days in Helsinki Region, Tampere & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Inari
— 1 day
4
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Boston

2
nights
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.
Shop till you drop at Hakaniemi Market and Galerie Forsblom. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Rock Church, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Boston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. While traveling from Boston, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then take in the exciting artwork at Laukko Manor, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere road trip tool .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 31°F and lows are around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 18th (Wed), get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Inari travel planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tampere in December, with highs in Inari at 21°F and lows at 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) 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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 8°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Outdoors Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): catch some excitement at Feelapland, look for gifts at LAURI, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then see Santa Claus Office.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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