13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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13 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Chicago

4
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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Helsinki. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in June; daily highs in Helsinki reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
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 2nd (Thu): wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, get a taste of life in the country at Angeli Reindeer Farm, and then hike along Juutua Nature Trail.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Inari tour planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in July, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between 64°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Trails Parks
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Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and then hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING
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.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi route maker app .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Angry Birds Park ©
Angry Birds Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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