15 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Lapland Itinerary

15 days in Helsinki, Tampere & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Kilpisjarvi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app.

Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Manchester in January, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then test the waters at Tullin Sauna, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Tea Shop Veistrom. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
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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: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). Spend the 16th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi journey builder app.

You can fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampere in January: high temperatures in Levi hover around -11°C and lows are around -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kilpisjarvi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

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Kilpisjarvi

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Tsahkal Falls and then don't miss a visit to Halti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Saana.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kilpisjarvi trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Levi to Kilpisjarvi in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Levi to Kilpisjarvi is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Levi in January, expect Kilpisjarvi to be somewhat warmer, temps between -3°C and -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kilpisjarvi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Saariselka

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kilpisjarvi to Saariselka in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kilpisjarvi to Saariselka is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kilpisjarvi in January; daily highs in Saariselka reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Pello to see Ski Resort Ritavalkea about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.