11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip tool.

Lisbon, Portugal to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in December: highs in Helsinki hover around 3°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
When in Tampere, make a side trip to see Ahvenisto in Hameenlinna, approximately Hameenlinna away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Tea Shop Veistrom, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Levi

— 2 nights
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 24th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Levi vacation website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Levi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, Levi is slightly colder than Tampere - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online route planner.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

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.