7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Madrid



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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Castle and The Aalto House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Johannes Church. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Turku (Bike Rental - by Carfield & Turku Cathedral). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the views from Rakkauden Silta, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online vacation planner.

Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Helsinki is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Madrid in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Levi route website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Adventure · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

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— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Levi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

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Lapland travel guide

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.