8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

8 days in Helsinki & Lapland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Milan
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h
2
Inari
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Milan

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach and then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip website.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Helsinki is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Milan in February; daily highs in Helsinki reach 0°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

Plan trip to Inari with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in February, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Levi are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Adventure Parks

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

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Akaslompolo

On the 28th (Thu), stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo vacation site.

Traveling by bus from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 1st (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then see Santa Claus Office.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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