17 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

17 days in Helsinki, Lapland & Lakeland Itinerary

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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.
On the 8th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally look for gifts at Pien Shop & Bar.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Helsinki is minus 6 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Guesthouse Husky - Day Tours (in Ivalo), Saariselka (Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, Hippupuoti Gift Shop, &more) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara). There's much more to do: wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Inari holiday builder app.

Fly from Helsinki to Inari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Inari hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

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Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Powerun Adventures (in Kolari). Spend the 15th (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, and shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Levi vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Ahvenisto in Hameenlinna, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Tea Shop Veistrom, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Levi to Tampere by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

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Lapland travel guide

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.