7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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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 Katajanokka. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Aalto House and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Turku (Bike Rental - by Carfield & Turku Cathedral). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Helsinki. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Madrid in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

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

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · 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.