8 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Finland & Lapland Itinerary

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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and make a trip to Senate Square.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Helsinki trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Helsinki is 10 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 37°F and 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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 26th (Sun): take an exotic tour of Safartica Yllas and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get slightly colder in Levi: highs are around 22°F and lows about 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Trails

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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Museums · Shopping
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Lapland travel guide

Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
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.