12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 15 min
2
Inari
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  19 h
End: Los Angeles

5
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.
Kids will enjoy Heureka and The Finnish Museum of Horology. Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Turku Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Maritime Centre Vellamo (in Kotka) and Turku (Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova & Forum Marinum Maritime Centre). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 37°F and lows are around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Turku, Vantaa, Espoo, Maritime Centre Vellamo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Inari road trip website .

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Inari hover around 21°F, while lows dip to 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
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 28th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Levi online travel route planner .

Getting from Inari to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 8°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Tours
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ranua Zoo and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Explore hidden gems such as Syvasenvaara Fell and LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi vacation planner .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 11°F. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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