19 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lapland Itinerary

19 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lapland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Turku
— 4 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Salla
— 2 nights
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Kemi
— 1 night
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

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Helsinki

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Popular historic sites such as Johannes Church and Mannerheim Museum are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and examine the collection at Finnish Aviation Museum.

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Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Cathedral and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Sjalo Church Museum (in Seili Island), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island (in Rauma). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, admire the striking features of Kuusisto Manor, and contemplate the long history of Brinkhall Manor.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 6th (Mon), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Turku in January; daily highs in Levi reach -11°C and lows reach -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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Salla

Salla
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 8th (Wed), stroll through Ski Resort Suomutunturi. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then get engrossed in the history at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Salla trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Levi to Salla by car takes about 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Salla are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Salla

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

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Ski Resort Suomutunturi
Ski Resort Suomutunturi
Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Paikanselan Taistelualue ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue

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Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, then identify plant and animal life at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, then explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and finally admire the striking features of Kemi Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kemi day trip planner.

You can drive from Salla to Kemi in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kemi can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Kemi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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