19 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lapland Itinerary

19 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lapland Itinerary

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19 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Salla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Kemi
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Katajanokka and The Aalto House. Explore hidden gems such as Mannerheim Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo), Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Finnish Aviation Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online tour itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Finnish Aviation Museum, Cathedral of Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Rauma (Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island & Old Rauma) and Sjalo church (in Nagu). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, admire the landmark architecture of Brinkhall Manor, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and contemplate the long history of Kuusisto Manor.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku road trip app .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Turku can reach -3°C, while at night they dip 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Kuusisto Manor, Bellevue Beach, Naantali Old Town, Sjalo Church Museum
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Levi Ski Resort. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip builder tool .

You can fly from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Turku in January, things will get little chillier in Levi: highs are around -11°C and lows about -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Salla.

Things to do in Levi

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

2
nights
Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. On the 8th (Wed), gear up at Ski Resort Suomutunturi. On the next day, hit the slopes at Salla Ski Resort, then contemplate the long history of Paikanselan Taistelualue, and then learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Salla trip planner .

Drive from Levi to Salla in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Salla

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Ski Resort Suomutunturi
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 10th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, then explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kemi Church.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kemi trip planner .

Getting from Salla to Kemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. January in Kemi sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tornio Church, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 11th (Sat), see Santa Claus Office, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder website .

Getting from Kemi to Rovaniemi by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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