22 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lapland Itinerary

22 days in Helsinki, Turku & Lapland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 5 nights
Fly
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 7 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.
Attractions like Heureka and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Tampere (Vanha Kirkko & Maltinranta Artcenter) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Espoo Cathedral, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary planning website.

Perth, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Helsinki is minus 6 hours. In December, Helsinki is colder than Perth - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 23:

Turku

— 4 nights
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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, contemplate the long history of Kuusisto Manor, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and admire the local landmark of Harmonia.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online travel route planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore hidden gems such as Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Kids will appreciate attractions like Icekarting Levi and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Step out of Levi to go to Muonio and see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Wingrens Dogsafaris, get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and visit Inghams Mini Husky Experience.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Turku to Levi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Turku in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Attractions like Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Angry Birds Activity Park make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Saariselka to Inari to see Juutua Nature Trail about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 5th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ranua Zoo.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ranua trip tool.

Getting from Saariselka to Ranua by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ranua

Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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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.