12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Ivalo
— Few hours
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

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.
Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, make a trip to Senate Square, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online trip itinerary builder.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. In December, Helsinki is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ivalo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks
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Ivalo

Ivalo is a village in the municipality of Inari, Lapland, Finland, located on the Ivalo River 20km south of Lake Inari. For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ivalo trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Ivalo by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, you will find days in Ivalo are slightly colder (-7°C), and nights are cooler (-17°C). You'll set off for Levi on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Ivalo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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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 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally hit the slopes at Kids' Land. On your second day here, get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Levi online tour planner.

You can fly from Ivalo to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 24th (Mon), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Lordi's Square, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi itinerary planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Museums · 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.