7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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7 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  4​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Chicago


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 31st (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along The Crusell Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park.

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Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Chicago to Helsinki. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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night
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Inari vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Inari hover around 15°F and lows are around 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

2
nights
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 3rd (Thu), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are 15°F, while nighttime lows are -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

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