12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
2
Inari
— 1 night
3
Levi
— 1 night
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Discover out-of-the-way places like Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Maritime Centre Vellamo (in Kotka), Heureka (in Vantaa) and Turku (Forum Marinum Maritime Centre & Turku Castle). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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 ©
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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Helsinki, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Inari, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °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 ©
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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Levi online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Adventure
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Ranua Zoo. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Claus Village and Arktikum. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in December, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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