8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Mannerheim Museum and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Kansallisgalleria. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), see the interesting displays at Finnish Aviation Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and steep yourself in history at The Aalto House.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel route planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Taipei to Helsinki. Traveling from Taipei in February, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 0°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka, and then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

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Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In February, Saariselka is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping · Tours
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Levi

— 1 night
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 6th (Sun): bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Lapland travel guide

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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.