11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

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11 days in Helsinki, Lakeland & Lapland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Lahti
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

4
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.
For shopping fun, head to Hakaniemi Market or Flamingo Entertainment Centre. Relax by the water at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, and shop like a local with Old Market Hall.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from London in February, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 0°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Lahti.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll through Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, and then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahti visit planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Lahti by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in February, with highs in Lahti at -2°C and lows at -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Lahti

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Spy Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then admire the striking features of Aleksanterin Kirkko, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tampere itinerary maker .

Getting from Lahti to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February in Tampere, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Spy Museum ©
Spy Museum

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then stroll through Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, and then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Levi tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tampere to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampere in February: high temperatures in Levi hover around -5°C and lows are around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at SantaPark, see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip tool .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in February, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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