11 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Saariselka
— Few hours
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Hyderabad

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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.
For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Hyderabad, India to Helsinki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Hyderabad to Helsinki, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Hyderabad in May; daily highs in Helsinki reach 18°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along The Archipelago Trail, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Turku vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 13th (Sun), get your game on at Kid's Land and then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm. On the next day, ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Turku in May; daily highs in Levi reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Adventure

Side Trip

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get outside with Scandinavian Adventures and then get outside with Seven Fells Up.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo tour website .

Getting from Levi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors
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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 16th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then admire the sheer force of Auttikongas. On your second day here, enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi itinerary app .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saariselka tour planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort