Route & dates
Helsinki— 4 nights
Turku— 3 nights
Rovaniemi— 2 nights
Levi— 3 nights
Drive to Kittila, Fly to London
Wed, Dec 21 - Wed, Jan 4
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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.Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.
To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary builder site.
London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.
Things to do in Helsinki
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, attend a concert at Sibeliusmuseum, thenkick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally make a trip to ArtBank. Here are some ideas for day two: visit a coastal fixture at Uto, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, thenstep into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.
To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip builder site.
Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.
Things to do in Turku
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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 30th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, thenmake a trip to Lordi's Square, thensee Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi itinerary planner.
Traveling by flight from Turku to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Turku in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Levi.
Things to do in Rovaniemi
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Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.Venture out of the city with trips to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio), Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo). There's still lots to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.
For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip builder.
Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Levi
Kittila, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Seven Fells Up
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