5 days in Helsinki, Porvoo & Lapland Itinerary

5 days in Helsinki, Porvoo & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
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Porvoo
— 1 night
Fly
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Levi
— 1 night
Bus
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki journey planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. Traveling from London in January, you will find days in Helsinki are much colder (-3°C), and nights are little chillier (-9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
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Porvoo

— 1 night
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Söderskärin majakka and then stop by Riimikko.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Porvoo trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Porvoo sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Levi.

Things to do in Porvoo

Shopping · Historic Sites
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Levi

— 1 night
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 14th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Levi online vacation planner.

Getting from Porvoo to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Porvoo in January; daily highs in Levi reach -11°C and lows reach -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Spas

Side Trip

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 15th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then see Santa Claus Office.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planning app.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games
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Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
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.