11 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

11 days in Helsinki Region & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Cathedral and Johannes Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mannerheim Museum and Temppeliaukio Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Turku (Turku Castle & Turku City Library). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and steep yourself in history at The Aalto House.

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Frankfurt, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Frankfurt to Helsinki. Traveling from Frankfurt in February, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 33°F and 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park and then gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

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You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in February, things will get little chillier in Saariselka: highs are around 22°F and lows about 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

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.
On the 12th (Wed), make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then stroll through Kids' Land.

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Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 24°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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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.