18 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Levi
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): examine the collection at Design Museum and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Stockmann Department Store, then make a trip to The Three Smiths Statue, and then stroll around Sibelius Monument.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online visit planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Jakarta to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is colder than Jakarta - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Spas · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Ranua Zoo in Ranua--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, get curious at Science Centre Pilke, and try to win big at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Levi

— 3 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: Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 29th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Levi online holiday planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:

Helsinki

— 7 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

See even more of Helsinki: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Levi to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 7:

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.