15 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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15 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Fresno
Fly:  18​h
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Fresno

7
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.
Visit Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral for their historical value. Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, and get your game on at Flamingo Entertainment Centre.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planner .

Fresno, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Fresno to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Fresno in March; daily highs in Helsinki reach 37°F and lows reach 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Flamingo Entertainment Center, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then admire the sheer force of Auttikongas. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, make a trip to Lordi's Square, see Santa Claus Office, then have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planning tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in March, with highs in Rovaniemi at 30°F and lows at 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Nature Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

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 21st (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

Find out how to plan Levi trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Levi sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 16°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 22nd (Fri), look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 16°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Trails Nature

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

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