11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online day trip planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.
Step out of Levi with an excursion to Safartica Yllas in Yllasjarvi--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

Before you visit Levi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi

— 4 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 museums, wildlife, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games
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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.