8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Edinburgh

3
nights
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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online route planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Edinburgh to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in January, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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 25th (Fri), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, and finally get your game on at Kid's Land.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Levi vacation planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Levi at -11°C and lows at -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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