6 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

6 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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6 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
2
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online driving holiday planner .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
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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 7th (Sat), join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Levi trip builder app .

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 8th (Sun), see Santa Claus Office, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel

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