Route & dates
15 days in Helsinki, Rovaniemi & Levi Itinerary
Fly: 15h 30min
Helsinki— 5 nights
Rovaniemi— 5 nights
Drive: 2h 15min
Levi— 3 nights
Drive + Fly: 19h 15min
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.Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, steep yourself in history at Kotka Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.
For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip app .
Durham, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Durham to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Durham in December, you will find days in Helsinki are much colder (37°F), and nights are little chillier (27°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.
Things to do in Helsinki
Kotka, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Bellevue Beach, Nuuksio National Park
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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.Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. Appreciate the collections at Arktikum and Christmas House Santa. Venture out of the city with trips to Kemi Church (in Kemi) and The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley (in Tornio). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.
To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip builder .
Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around 22°F and lows about 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.
Things to do in Rovaniemi
The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, Kemi Church
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Sarestoniemi Museum. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.
For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Levi road trip planner.
Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Levi when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -1°F. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
Things to do in Levi
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