11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Zurich to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Zurich, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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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.
On the 28th (Sun), trek along Ruijanpolku Trail, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum and then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

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Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in February, expect Saariselka to be little chillier, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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 Seven Fells Up in Akaslompolo--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 2nd (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, gear up at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, see Off-Road Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

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Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Levi sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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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.
On the 5th (Fri), stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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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.