15 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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15 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Geneva

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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Pack the 11th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip site .

Geneva, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Geneva in May: highs in Helsinki hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). On the 14th (Tue), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Levi trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in May; daily highs in Levi reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Giewont Husky Adventures, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Seven Fells Up
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 18th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park and then hit the slopes at Pyhatunturi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Pyhatunturi takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kopara Reindeer Park, Pyhatunturi
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park

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 theme parks, wildlife, museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, see Santa Claus Office, and look for gifts at LAURI.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
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