18 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

18 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Bus:  14 h 30 min
2
Inari
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Levi
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

5
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bellevue Beach and Arboretum Mustila. Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Pernio to see Teijo National Park about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Bellevue Beach, Nuuksio National Park, Teijo National Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Helsinki, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Inari, ranging from highs of -7°C to lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

4
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Step off the beaten path and head to Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Get outdoors at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi travel planning website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kittila, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Espoo Cathedral and then walk around Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally get lost in a book at The National Library of Finland.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Levi in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Espoo Cathedral, Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen
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Pihlajasaari Recreational Park ©
Pihlajasaari Recreational Park
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)