12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

12 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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

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Helsinki

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Discover out-of-the-way places like Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Venture out of the city with trips to Heureka (in Vantaa), Maritime Centre Vellamo (in Kotka) and Turku (Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and see the interesting displays at The Helsinki Fire Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Helsinki 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 · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Castle
Turku Castle
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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, then take 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 21°F to lows of 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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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 22°F and lows of 8°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 · Trails · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Must see
Levi Ski Resort
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Icekarting Levi
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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 Lordi's Square. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ranua Zoo and LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation builder site.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Must see
Ranua Zoo
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History Museum
Arktikum
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