8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sligo
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  12 h
End: Sligo

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katajanokka and The Aalto House. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), examine the collection at Finnish Aviation Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder website.

Sligo, Ireland to Helsinki is an approximately 9- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sligo to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Sligo - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Cathedral of Porvoo, Finnish Aviation Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Levi travel planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Levi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Adventure

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Giewont Husky Adventures ©
Giewont Husky Adventures

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): see Santa Claus Office and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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