13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  17​h
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Inari
— Few hours
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Luosto
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

6
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.
Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, contemplate the long history of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Helsinki. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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hours
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Inari online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect nights in Inari to be much colder, around -17°C, while days are little chillier, around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
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 21st (Fri), make a trip to Snow Village, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get your game on at Kid's Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi online vacation planner .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Luosto.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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Luosto

Luosto ©
Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
On the 23rd (Sun), admire all the interesting features of Amethyst Mine Lapland.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Luosto tour planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Luosto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Luosto can reach -8°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rovaniemi.
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Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Lordi's Square, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

Drive from Luosto to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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