17 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

17 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 nights

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Paris in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in February: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 23 — 27:

Saariselka

— 4 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Juutua Nature Trail, &more). Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in February, with lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 3:

Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 4th (Fri) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.